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Preventing Holiday-Related Plumbing Problems

Are you looking to avoid holiday-related plumbing disasters? Follow these helpful tips from J.T. Plumbing to help prevent your next plumbing disaster.

While the holidays are some of the most joyous times of the year for many, they can also be full of many stressors. Everything from preparing meals, entertaining company, dealing with a house full of children who are off from school… it can all feel a bit overwhelming. Chances are, you don’t want to add a plumbing disaster to the mix.

At J.T. Plumbing Services, we want to ensure you have as wonderful, and relaxing, holiday season as possible. In keeping with the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, we’re here to give you some helpful tips to avoid plumbing problems this holiday season.

Be Careful What You Dump Down The Sink

During the holiday season, the amount of home cooked meals you prepare often increases. While there’s nothing like home cooking, the cleanup can lead to plumbing problems if you’re not careful. Bad smells, jammed disposals, and even clogs are some of the common issues we see during this season

Here are some good practices to keep your sink free and clear:

  • Dispose of oil and grease in the trash

  • Don’t pour coffee grinds, pasta, rice, or fibrous vegetables down the sink

  • Run hot water down the drain for 30 seconds after washing dishes to prevent grease clogs

Dealing With Increased Bathroom Use

Almost universally, homes see an increased bathroom use during the holiday season. These are some of the problems you could be dealing with:

Clogged Drains & Toilets

If you’re dealing with a clogged sink or shower drain, please please please do not use chemical drain cleaners to take care of the issue. While that may seem like a cheap solution, these chemicals can erode your pipes as they’re sitting there dissolving the clog. A professional plumber can clean your drain safely and inspect the sewer line to see if there are problems deeper down.

Another thing we recommend is keeping a trash can by the toilet, so no one is tempted to throw anything but toilet paper into the toilet.

Water Heater Issues

Water heaters have to work harder during the holiday seasons, providing more hot water for your family and guests. If your water heater is over 10 years old, you may want to consider a hot water heater inspection and replacement.

Tankless water heaters are a great alternative, providing endless amounts of hot water and increased energy efficiency.

Nip Small Problems In The Bud

If you’ve got small plumbing issues heading into the holiday season, you’re going to want to take care of those sooner rather than later.

Leaky faucets, running toilets, drain backups, all of these have the potential to get much worse during the holiday season as plumbing fixtures see more use than they do during any other time of the year.

Do yourself a favor and contact a local plumbing company to get these issues taken care of. You’ll be thankful you did.

Contact J.T. Plumbing Services In Fort Collins For Top-Tier Plumbing Services

If you’ve got plumbing problems heading into the holiday season, J.T. Plumbing Services is here to help. Contact us to schedule a service appointment. We’re also open 24/7 for any plumbing emergencies.