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A Guide To Preventing Holiday Plumbing Issues

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The holiday season is a time of joy and companionship for many. However, it’s also a time of the year that comes with a lot of added stress. From parties to plan, company to entertain, and meals to cook, it can all be a bit overwhelming.

However, that sense of overwhelming isn’t just for you. It goes for many of the plumbing systems in your home as well. During this busy time, there’s lots of stress on your plumbing systems. Further, if you’re already having issues, this increased usage will only exacerbate the situation. Soon, you’ll have a full blown disaster on your hands.

In today’s blog, we’re going to provide some helpful tips to prevent holiday plumbing disasters. Remember, when it comes to plumbing… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Remember To Inspect Your Water Heater

While your water heater works hard all times of the year, it’s especially true during the winter months. If you add guests to the mix, your water heater is going to be working that much harder as well.

In order to make sure you have enough hot water during this busy time, make sure you have your water heater inspected. If it’s over 10 years old, it may be time to consider an upgrade. If you’re considering tankless water heaters, one of our plumbing experts will be happy to discuss it with you.

Don’t Use Drain Cleaners On Clogs

Chemical drain cleaners may have a short-term benefit, but they almost always cause long-term problems. Drain cleaners are harsh on your pipes and can cause damage the longer they sit in your pipes trying to dissolve the clog.

When it comes to clogged toilets, sinks, and showers, it’s always best to get to the root of the issue. A professional plumber can run cameras deep down into the sewer line to inspect for problems at their source, rather than just apply a temporary bandage.

Be Careful What You Dump Down The Sink

While we love a good home cooked meal, improper cleanup processes can lead to some plumbing problems. Jammed garbage disposals, backups, and bad smells are just a few of things you could experience if you aren’t careful about what goes down the kitchen drain.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you dispose of any oil and grease in the trash. It helps to pour it into an old container and just dump the entire thing. 
  • Fibrous vegetables, rice, and pasta are a recipe for clogs. Try to keep these out of the sink entirely, even if you have a disposal. 
  • If you’re washing dishes in the sink, run hot water for 30 seconds afterward to prevent grease from solidifying on the walls of your pipes.

Take Care Of Small Problems Now

If you have plumbing issues heading into the holiday season, we recommend taking care of them sooner rather than later. The increased use we already talked about above will only serve to make the situation worse if it goes unchecked. Over time, a simple clog could grow to the point where it’ll take much more work (and money) to take care of the problem.

At Plumbing Solutions, we offer complementary whole home plumbing safety inspections with every service to give you peace of mind that your plumbing is in tip-top shape. So please… don’t wait until the holiday season is over to address these issues.

Contact Plumbing Solutions In Nashville For Top-Tier Plumbing Services

Plumbing Solutions is available 24/7 to take care of all your holiday plumbing emergencies. Whether it’s residential or commercial plumbing services, we take care of it all. 

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Happy holidays!

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