The winter holidays are just around the corner. This is a stressful time a year for a lot of folks, especially those who have to host large groups of friends and family for long weekends or extended periods. It’s not just stressful for the hosts, either—all of those extra people in the house put a lot of additional strain on your home’s plumbing system. Continue to learn more about the most common holiday plumbing mishaps, and how you can avoid them with some basic plumbing maintenance in Shreveport, LA.
Broken garbage disposals
It wouldn’t be the holidays without big family meals. Hopefully, you have some help during cleanup and you don’t have to do it all on your own! But make sure all of the helping hands in the kitchen put food scraps in the trash can instead of down the kitchen sink. Your garbage disposal isn’t built to handle a ton of food scraps, particularly grease or animal fat. Pushing all of those scraps down the drain and disposal will break it or dull the blades.
Your garbage disposal isn’t the only worry if guests dump anything other than liquids down the kitchen sink. Large food scraps and grease can clog up the drain, rendering the kitchen sink practically useless. Bathroom sinks also tend to get clogged during the holidays from overuse and excess hair falling in the sink. You can be proactive before your guests arrive by calling a plumber to clear out your drains. A quick maintenance call will ensure that your drains are good to go throughout the holiday season.
The number one rule of plumbing maintenance in Shreveport, LA is to only flush human waste and toilet paper. Anything other than toilet paper—even wipes and other items that claim to be “flushable”—can clog your toilets. Even though your immediate family knows this rule, you might want to remind your guests upon their arrival, because the more people there are using the bathroom, the greater the risk of a clogged toilet.
No hot water
Your water heater generally provides adequate hot water for your family, but it’s a different story if you have a ton of guests in your house taking showers and using the sinks. If your water heater is getting up there in years, it’s not a bad idea to call to have it inspected and cleaned out. A professional can tune up your unit to ensure that it’s up to snuff and will provide enough hot water for you, your family and all of the guests staying at your home.
What should you do if there’s a plumbing disaster?
Even if you take the precautions mentioned above, there’s no guarantee that your plumbing won’t fail. As soon as you notice an issue with your toilets, drains or water heater, be sure to call a professional plumber. Trying to fix any plumbing problem by yourself will most likely lead to greater issues. For example, you could burn yourself working on the water heater or permanently damage your pipes by using drain cleaner or trying to snake a drain by yourself.
Don’t choose anyone but our team to handle your plumbing or hot water heater issues. At Perot Plumbing, LLC, we specialize in all sorts of services related residential plumbing. From emergency repairs to plumbing maintenance in Shreveport, LA, we do it all. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.
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