Christmas is a time for family, food, warmth, and laughter. For many families over the US, this is the only time of the year when the entire family gets together, so naturally, they want it to be perfect.
The holidays arrive with checklists of all kinds. There is shopping to be done, menus to be planned, celebratory drinks need to be purchased and stocked, and so on. In all of the excitement and chaos, plumbing is an essential step that can easily be overlooked.
You won’t notice a plumbing disaster until something floods or explodes, and to make sure that doesn’t happen on Christmas Eve, go through this checklist.
Double-Check Plumbing Vents
Plumbing vents are essential for the smooth running of the overall plumbing in the house. Gurgling toilets, slow drains, standing water in tubs and sinks, and sewer gas odor are all telltale signs of a clogged plumbing vent.
If you notice any of these signs, even in the slightest, call a plumber immediately before the holidays and get it fixed. Don’t wait for the problem to aggravate.
Clear Your Garbage Disposal
During the holidays, when you have a ton of people over for dinner, it may be hard to keep track of all the food scraps that end up in your sink. So, clearing the garbage disposal completely beforehand will ensure that it can deal with the new garbage coming its way.
Additionally, it would help if you got someone to keep an eye on what goes in it. Certain foods like celery, pumpkins, onion peels, or asparagus can damage the blades.
There is always that slight chance of something or the other going wrong during Christmas. If it’s a plumbing emergency like flooding, you need to be prepared. This will help you deal with the problem with minimal panic.
Take time out to understand your plumbing system. For instance, you should know how to shut off the water supply to your house or turn off or drain the water heater, or even where the cleanouts are located and how you can get them off.
Also keep some essential tools handy, like, a pipe wrench or a plunger and drain snake.
We hope you have a peaceful holiday, but if you still run into an emergency and need some professional help, get in touch with us, at Pro Serve Plumbing; we’re at your service 24/7/365. We’ll make sure you have the trouble-free Christmas Holidays you deserve!