How to Prep Your Plumbing for the Holidays


There’s no place like home for the holidays, but you might want to be anywhere but home if you haven’t prepared your plumbing in time for festivities. The occasional plumbing problem at any time during the year, but you might experience more issues with your plumbing system during the holidays for a variety of reasons – especially if you’re hosting friends or relatives this year!

Keep reading to learn more about prepping your home’s plumbing system for the holidays. If you encounter any problems, may sure you contact a professional plumber for assistance!

Address Slow Drains Throughout Your Home

A slow drain can weigh heavy on your mind, but this plumbing problem is more than a mere nuisance. Whether it’s a sink or shower drain, a slow drain is likely to get completely stopped-up sooner than later. When that happens, the only way to deal with it may be to call a professional plumber for help, which can be a major inconvenience – and embarrassment – if you’re hosting guests.

Instead of dealing with slow drains when they become unavoidable problems, you can address them ahead of time. You can try to clear a slow drain on your own with a plunger, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, or even a drain snake. Don’t use any chemical drain cleaners because these caustic concoctions can irrevocably damage your drain pipes.

Be Aware of What You Put in Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is about to get a workout with all of the holiday-related cooking you’ll do. Just make sure that you only put food waste of a reasonable size into it. Avoid putting bones down your garbage disposal. If something is too large or hard for your garbage disposal to handle, it can dull or break the blades or even burn out the motor.

Never Put Grease Down the Drain

The best way to dispose of cooking grease is to pour it into a disposal container and place it in the trash when it cools down. Never put grease down any of your drains because it can congeal and harden within them, which will result in slow or completely stopped drains. When this happens, you may need to call a professional plumber to clear the grease and get your pipes back into working condition!

Stock Your Bathrooms with Toilet Paper

There are only two things that should go down your toilet drain: human waste and toilet paper. Make sure your bathrooms are fully stocked with toilet paper so that neither you nor your guests are tempted to use a paper towel out of desperation.

Even if it might seem like an OK substitution, paper towels aren’t designed to break down like toilet paper is. That means they can get caught deep in your drain and potentially clog the whole system!

Contact a Plumber for a Full Evaluation

A professional plumber can help you evaluate your plumbing system and identify issues that you should address before your guests arrive. When you reach out to Carter Quality Plumbing, LLC, we can provide all of the professional advice and services you require to make sure your holiday gathering is as pleasantly memorable as possible.

Learn more or request an appointment by contacting us online now!