‘Tis the Season for Plumbing Emergencies | Roto-Rooter Blog
‘Tis the Season for Plumbing Emergencies
It’s about that time of year again… when family and friends come together for holiday meals, celebrations and parties. But crowded homes and busy kitchens can often put a strain on your plumbing system. In fact, holidays are often our busiest times of the year. Whether it’s unclogging a pipe filled with potato peelings, or fixing a flooded bathroom, our Tampa plumbers definitely have their work cut out for them!
So, to keep the season merry and bright, be sure to follow a few basic plumbing guidelines:
- Make sure your toilet is in good working condition before guests arrive. Holiday guests equate to lots of extra toilet flushes, which can add up to potential plumbing disasters. Be sure to put waste baskets in your bathrooms to help guests remember not to flush items like baby wipes, facial tissues and feminine products down the toilet.
- Pipes clog because of a gradual buildup of grease, hair, soap and/ or food particles. All it takes is one major overload, like a house full of showering guests, to exasperate the situation and create a clogged drain. If you haven’t had your plumbing system inspected in a while, now may be the time.
- Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidify in the pipes and create clogs. Wipe congealed grease from pots.
- Never put hard-to-grind, stringy, fibrous waste into the garbage disposer (poultry skins, carrots, potato skins, celery, pumpkin pulp or banana peels). The disposer can't sufficiently grind these items and they will clog your sink drain.
- Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposer to flush waste down the main line.
- Turn on the disposer before adding food debris.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times to conserve hot water and maintain adequate water pressure for your guests.
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