Prevent These 3 Common Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

Prevent common holiday plumbing emergencies with these plumbing tips.

‘Tis the season for food, friends, and precious time spent at home with family away from work.

As you open the door to welcome your guests, the last face you want to see is your neighborhood plumber.

As leftovers get put down an already clogged drain and your bathroom becomes “out of order,” you’ll wish you had avoided a plumbing emergency in the first place.

The holiday season is a prime time for unexpected plumbing emergencies as guests put extra strain on the plumbing fixtures around your home. Check out these 3 common holiday plumbing emergencies and how to avoid them:

1. Overworked fixtures and appliances

The turkey is in the oven, the salad is being prepped, and, suddenly, your garbage disposal goes down. When all hands are on deck in the kitchen or other areas of your home this holiday, your appliances will likely see some extra strain. Be conscious of items you attempt to throw down the garbage disposal — you could be damaging your prized kitchen appliance. Instead, toss those potato peels and egg shells in the garbage as you prep for dinner. And as much as you want to impress your relatives with your famous appetizer or tasty dessert, give your kitchen a break from time to time.

2. Cold showers and low water pressure

It’s tough to avoid hustle and bustle this holiday season when the dishwasher is running and there’s a 3-person line for the shower. Before the guests arrive, it’s time to think strategy. To avoid a cold shower or low water pressure as you’re attempting to wash dishes, tackle tasks in intervals. Don’t run your dishwasher at peak times. Instead, press the start button right before you go to sleep. And if you’re settling with the fact that the last person in line is going to be surprised by a cold shower, maybe a new water heater is the answer. Tankless water heaters can handle a high volume of continuous use better than conventional models.

3. The inevitable toilet clog

It’s bound to happen at some point. With extra guests in your home using your bathroom, a toilet clog isn’t the least bit surprising. Instead of inviting the plumber to your home during your holiday dinner, make sure every guest is aware of any subtle tricks to your toilet that you’ve committed to memory. And if your toilet is officially an outdated bathroom fixture and frequently requires repairs, maybe it’s time for a new one. After all, the ongoing cost of repairs adds up.

When your appliances are in need of some help or they’re on their last legs, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can help. Our punctual plumbers are available 24/7 to help you with emergency plumbing, drain cleaning and toilet repair. Contact us and we’re fix your plumbing emergency this holiday season.

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