The holiday season is centered around food, fun, and family celebrations. But that also means the home’s plumbing system is under a heavier-than-usual load. To keep the home plumbing system functioning well during the holidays, be sure to follow the tips below.
- Minimize food waste going down the drain
The first and best thing you can do is to throw food scraps into the garbage, and not into the sink. Even if it’s just a tablespoon or two of food, it will add up over the weeks in December.
- Protect the garbage disposal system
When you turn on the garbage disposal, make sure you’ve got water running down the drain to help the food waste flow through. Avoid overloading it with heavy fibrous foods like potato and banana peels.
- Avoid throwing certain foods into the garbage disposal
If or when you do throw food scraps into the garbage disposal system, avoid throwing the following down the drain: eggs, grease, vegetable and fruit skins, bones, shells, pits, seeds, stringy vegetables like celery, rice, pasta, and tea leaves.
- Keep up with plumbing maintenance
If you take care of your plumbing system, it will take good care of you. Be on the lookout for excessive moisture, mold growth, and puddles around plumbing fixtures in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room. Check pipes and joints for signs of corrosion and replace them if necessary. Make sure drains in the sinks, tubs, and showers are draining quickly and smoothly, without any gurgling or foul odors.
- Don’t ignore minor issues
A small leak in the bathroom or low water pressure in the shower may seem like a nuisance that’s not worth your time, but they could actually indicate a more serious issue with the entire plumbing system. Don’t ignore it or you may end up with an emergency in the middle of a holiday party.
- Schedule professional inspection
A professional plumber knows what to look for during an inspection. He can easily spot the signs of a problem and take the right steps to identify the cause and suggest a solution. Call Avis today for professional plumbing service in Orange County, Anaheim, and surrounding areas.