family and friends celebrating the holidays.

3 Tips to Prevent Holiday Plumbing Problems

There’s nothing like hosting family and friends for the holidays, but their presence can sometimes put demands on your plumbing system that it cannot meet.

Avoid the inconvenience of slow-moving drains and clogged kitchen sinks with these tips.

  1. Clean Your Drains

Spare your guests the nuisance of a slow-moving drain. While you might tolerate ankle-deep water in your shower, your guests might not. Blockages occur due to build-up in the pipes or some sort of foreign obstruction. Do not, we repeat, do not use a chemical drain cleaner to remedy the problem. Chemical drain cleaners can erode your plumbing, causing further issues down the line. Professional plumbers have the tools to safely and effectively remove clogs to get your pipes flowing again.

2. Keep Your Garbage Disposal Working

You can prepare your waste disposal for combat duty during the holidays by keeping eggshells, celery, and pasta out of it. Better Homes and Gardens suggests cleaning the disposal by filling it with ice cubes, coarse salt, and some lemon wedges. Turn on the cold water tap and your disposal unit at the same time. Run both until the ice disappears and the aroma of lemons fills the air.

3. Prevent Bathroom Issues

The best way to prevent clogged toilets during the holidays requires you to appeal to your guests to help. Toilets can do a great job of disposing of liquid and solid waste, but nothing else. Consider placing a sign in your bathroom encourage guest to use the wastebasket for things such as….

  • Q-tips

  • Cotton balls

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Floss

We can clear any problem that occurs, but your guests can help prevent an emergency during the holidays by keeping these items out of drains. To help move a clog, put a quarter cup of dish soap and a gallon of hot water in the bowl.

Bottom line: We hope you don’t encounter any plumbing problems over the holidays, but if you do, contact EZ Plumbing at (818) 900-2778.