Are you looking to avoid a holiday plumbing catastrophe? Here is a guide to help get your plumbing ready for the holidays. Visits by relatives and other guests mean more work not only for your kitchen, but also your household plumbing in general. Here are some useful holiday plumbing preparation tips:
Clean Up Slow Drains
Waiting to fix slow drains can mean trouble for your family and other guests later. Vinegar, or baking soda and vinegar, are effective at clearing minor clogs. Just make sure to flush the drains with hot water afterward. If that doesn’t work, use a plunger or plumber’s auger, or snake, to physically remove clogs.
Install a Drain Strainer
Drain strainers are simple devices for kitchen sinks, showers, and bathtubs. A strainer fits easily over the drain. It allows water to pass through normally, but prevents hair, food, and various objects from getting into the drain, where they can cause clogs.
Look for Signs of Sewer Problems
A sewage backup will ruin any holiday gathering. If you suspect a sewer problem, call your local plumber, especially if all drains are slow or you hear gurgling sounds from them. Water draining from one fixture into another rather than down the pipes as normal is another reason to contact a Santa Clarita plumber.
Install Bathroom Garbage Cans
You may wonder what garbage cans have to do with plumbing. However, guests may not think when flushing wipes and paper towels, which can clog up your pipes. Placing garbage cans near toilets provides somewhere for guests to toss items that shouldn’t be flushed.
Set Your Water Heater Temperature
Water heaters should be set to around 120°F. This will keep hot water at a safe temperature for holiday guests. Also, consider installing a tankless water heater if you’d prefer your guests have an unlimited supply of hot water during their stay.
Cold spells aren’t uncommon during the holiday season. If any water pipes freeze, they can burst during a family gathering. To prevent such a scenario, cover your basement, attic, and crawl space pipes with insulation that can avoid freezing and the problems that go along with it.
Locate the Water Shut Off Valve
Whatever you do to prepare, some plumbing problems are unavoidable. Identify your home’s water shut off valves in case of an emergency. Some valves cut the water supply to one fixture (so you can still use other fixtures), part of the water supply system, or your entire home.
If You Go on Vacation
Check your plumbing for any issues before you go away and shut off the water supply to avoid any water damage (however, leave the fire sprinkler system on). Turn off the valves to taps for your dishwasher and washing machine. In addition, turning off the hot water system will keep gas bills down while you’re away. Also, drain all indoor and outdoor pipes; this just requires flushing your toilet and opening the faucets. By pouring a non-toxic antifreeze down the drains, you can prevent remaining water in pipes and fixtures from freezing.
Call a Professional Plumber
Our Santa Clarita plumbers can drain your pipes by blowing compressed air through the system. They can also help with insulation and in identifying potential problems to fix long before your holiday guests arrive. Whether you want to schedule a plumbing inspection or notice slow drains, noise, a lack of hot water, sewer odors, or a leak, call Detour Plumbing at 661-495-2403 or contact us online to request service.