Getting Your Plumbing Holiday-Ready
As the holiday season approaches in the beautiful state of Arizona, it's easy to get caught up in the festive spirit and overlook the essential aspect of your home's plumbing. However, plumbing problems tend to spike during this time of year, and nobody wants to deal with emergency service calls when they should be celebrating. So, let's explore some practical steps you can take to ensure your plumbing stays trouble-free throughout the holidays in the Grand Canyon State.
1. Clear Clogged Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks
Don't let slow-draining sinks disrupt your holiday preparations. In Arizona, where hard water is a common issue, it's essential to tackle clogs effectively. You can use a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda or opt for a biologic, enzyme-based drain cleaner to clear those kitchen and bathroom sink clogs. Avoid harsh chemical-based drain cleaners, as they can cause more harm than good.
2. Clear Bathtub and Shower Drains
A warm, relaxing shower is a holiday essential, so make sure your bathroom drains are free-flowing. Hair, soap, shampoo residue, and other daily grooming by-products can lead to slow drains. Remove the drain covers and use a straightened coat hanger to fish out any visible debris. If the problem persists, consider using an organic drain cleaner to clear your pipes effectively.
3. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Before you embark on your holiday cooking marathon, give your garbage disposal some TLC. Pour a cup of white vinegar into the disposal, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then flush it with hot water. This process eliminates built-up grease and debris, reducing the risk of clogs. Installing a new drain strainer in your kitchen sink is an affordable way to prevent clogs during the bustling holiday season.
4. Be Mindful of Garbage Disposal Use
Your garbage disposal can be a holiday hero, but it has its limitations. Avoid putting bones, rice, pasta, cooking grease, or any clumpy, clog-prone materials down the disposal. Practicing common sense with your garbage disposal will help keep your kitchen drains flowing freely.
5. Don't Overload Your Toilets
Before your holiday guests arrive, inspect all the toilets in your Arizona home. Ensure they flush thoroughly and have a consistent water supply. Invest in single-ply toilet paper for guest areas to reduce the risk of clogs. Additionally, place garbage cans in each bathroom for paper towels and other non-flushable items, sparing you from plumbing mishaps during your festivities.
Enjoy a Plumbing-Worry-Free Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time for warmth, togetherness, and appreciation for our family, friends, and the stunning desert landscapes. You don't want to add plumbing issues to your holiday agenda. By following these simple tips, you can keep your plumbing running smoothly throughout the season, ensuring that you, your family, and your guests can fully enjoy the holidays without the need to call a plumber.
Before & After Plumbing and Drain is here for you when you need it, so give us a ring or contact us online if you need help preparing your home for the holidays!