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How to Prevent Common Holiday Plumbing Problems

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the most inconvenient time for plumbing problems. With more people at your home, your systems will be getting more use. If not prepared, there could be some serious plumbing problems.

In the midst of getting festive, get your plumbing in order with these tips.

Drains and Disposals

You’ll be cooking, cleaning, and baking in the kitchen all season long. Be sure your systems are ready as well.

You don’t want the foul smells of a backed-up drain or disposal - you want holiday smells of baked goods and turkey dinners.

Be sure to avoid putting these items down your disposal and drain, as they can cause harm to your system.

Avoid:

  • Pasta

  • Bones

  • Rice

  • Grease

  • Oil

  • Pits and seeds

  • Nuts

  • Coffee grounds

When using your drain or disposal, also run hot water down after use, for about 10-30 seconds. This will allow substances to fully flow through the pipes instead of clinging to the inside of them and causing clogs.

Toilets

Do your toilets always flush, or do you have a faulty handle? Walking into a non-flushed toilet is not a pretty sight and definitely something your guests shouldn't have to see. They shouldn't be in charge of unclogging your toilets.

Be sure to check all your bathroom fixtures to ensure they are working properly.

Clogged toilets are another common plumbing problem during the holidays. Clutter on the bathroom counter may fall in and get flushed by accident or children may flush non-flushable items.

Be sure to avoid flushing these items in any and all toilets you use this holiday season:

  • Paper towels

  • Wipes, including “flushable” ones

  • Kitty litter

  • Hair

  • Dental floss

  • Feminine products

  • Toys

  • Keys

  • Q-tips

  • Cotton balls

Water Heaters

Another common issue is with your water heater. With the weather cooling down outdoors, you will want to ensure you, your family, and your guests have hot water to use indoors.

Water heaters do not last forever, on average they last about 10 years.

Signs you need water heater repair or replacement include:

  • Rusty water in your supply

  • Lack of hot water

  • Water around the unit

  • Rattling noises

If you notice any of these signs, be sure to call a professional and get it looked at right away to avoid any further problems or the need for a water heater replacement altogether.

Gas Leaks

With a lot of systems in your home using gas, you will want to look out for any type of gas leak. Gas lines are a part of heating your water heater, stove, and any other gas appliances.

If these lines are damaged, it can pose serious danger to your family, home, and your health.

First, check to see if your home's carbon monoxide detectors are working. If they aren't working properly, take the necessary steps to get them monitoring your home correctly. 

Signs of a gas leak include hissing noises, unpleasant gas odors, and dead grass in your yard.

When you notice these signs or suspect a leak, it is important to not light any fires, start any cars or flip any switches. The smallest electrical current mixed with gas could ignite a house fire.

In event of a gas leak, follow these steps:

  1. If your inside - open windows and doors to let air in

  2. Evacuate your home

  3. Call 911 or your gas company to notify them of the leak

  4. Call professionals at Parzival Plumbing to repair the gas line 

We know the holidays can be hectic, but should you experience any plumbing issues, we are here to help. Contact Parzival Plumbing at (949) 234-6001.

As the pandemic continues, we remain operating with CDC protocols and precautions to ensure the safety of both our clients and technicians.

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