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How The Holidays Can Wreak Havoc on Your Plumbing System

It’s officially the most wonderful time of year, but the most wonderful time of year can quickly become the worst time of year when it comes to your home’s plumbing system, if you’re not careful!

With much of the season revolving around meal prepping and socializing at home, it is no surprise that most plumbing disasters strike during the holidays! If you are hosting guests, or a party this year, it is important to know what your plumbing system can handle, and more importantly, what it cannot.

Kitchen

Always keep your drains clear by depositing fat or grease into a trash can or collect it in a jar. If not properly disposed of, grease can clog up your home’s pipes and drains! Be certain that before rinsing plates or utensils, always wipe oils, butter, or leftovers off plates. Be cautious when using your garbage disposable by keep stringy, fibrous foods out of the disposal. Your disposal cannot handle rinds, fruit or vegetable skin, or any other peelings of vegetables, as well as coffee grounds! It is important to run cold water, before, during, and after using your garbage disposable to ensure your pipes are free of slightly grounded materials.

Bathroom

Excess use of your home’s appliances, sinks, toilets, and showers, results in a higher chance of clogs due to the strenuous amounts of hair and hygiene products that will be washed down each drain. Placing trash bins in accessible places provides an alternative to washing and flushing, which helps to take some pressure off of your pipes!

 Laundry Room

With more people, comes more laundry! Ensure that all hoses and connections are actively working before your guests arrive. Dealing with a major leak during the holidays is beyond disruptive and could ruin a great holiday!

Surprises are fun during the holiday season, but not plumbing surprises! Hopefully your holiday parties will go off without a hitch, but if a plumbing issue does arise, F.H. Furr is here to help!

Topics: Clogged Drain Plumbing Winterizing Holidays