Wondering how you can get your home ready for the holidays? While you’re probably working hard to give your home a top-to-bottom deep cleaning, you also need to pay attention to the plumbing. The holidays are stressful enough without plumbing disasters wreaking havoc on your festivities.
So, how do you prepare your house for holiday guests? Reduce the chance of plumbing problems by following these tips.
Keep drains clean
While cleaning the drains probably isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to learning how to get your home ready for the holidays, it’s an essential step in avoiding plumbing problems. While you can waste time and money pouring basic cleaning products down the drains, it’s best to invest in professional drain cleaning prior to the holidays. You won’t have to worry about guests experiencing a clogged shower drain or any unwanted odors coming from sinks during their visit.
Fix leaky faucets
Leaky faucets aren’t just a problem in terms of your water bill—they’re also annoying for guests and can cause significant damage to your home’s plumbing system. Discover whether the source of the leak is due to corrosion, mineral deposits or defective parts, and reach out to your local plumbing professionals to repair or swap out problematic faucets.
Check the water heater
Hosting guests for more than a few days? They’re going to need hot water for baths and showers, which means you should have your water heater checked well before the holiday season arrives. If you’re noticing a lack of hot water or any other issue with your water heater, call a trusted technician to look at it and fix any issues to keep your guests comfortable during their visit.
Watch what you flush
Some of the most significant plumbing problems are caused by flushing the wrong things down the toilet. Anything that isn’t toilet paper or human waste should never be flushed. Paper towels, cleaning wipes and cotton balls can quickly clog your pipes and cause major plumbing problems. Always be mindful of what you flush down the toilet, and tell your guests to do the same.
Don’t overwork your garbage disposal
While garbage disposals may seem indestructible, they can only take so much. You can’t use your garbage disposal as a trash can—keep most vegetables, grease, oil, fat, bones, eggshells and coffee out of it. It’s tough for the blades to grind up these foods, causing blockages that can be smelly and inconvenient.
Have your septic tank inspected
If you have a septic system and you’ve put off pumping the tank, reach out to your trusted septic contractor before the holidays arrive. Your septic technician will determine whether you need septic pumping—a backed-up septic system is the last thing you want to go through during holiday festivities.
How do you prepare your house for the holidays? Give your plumbing some attention before guests arrive. Contact Alvarado Pumping Septic Service as soon as possible to schedule your service appointment prior to the holiday rush.