Are you expecting several guests for the holidays? If you have people coming over to enjoy the holiday season, it is important to prepare your home. Basic home maintenance tasks you need to start with include sealing drafts, testing appliances, and preparing your plumbing system for additional work.
With additional people in the home, finding the right time to take a shower can be tricky! Start conserving water by washing your clothes or starting the dishwasher in the middle of the night instead of during the day. Wake up early to take a shower, or take one before you go to sleep. If you have an older hot water heater, consider changing to an instant hot water heater. An instant hot water heater will provide an unlimited supply of hot water for your guests, making it relaxing and comfortable for everyone who stays at the home.
Clean the Pipes
Another important way to focus on your plumbing system is by cleaning the drains and pipes. Removing any clogs will prevent standing water in the shower, or severe backups from additional use of the toilet. There are natural cleaners you can use to clean out the pipes, or you can try using some chemical cleaners to keep them free and clear of excess debris. Use a strainer over drains in the showers when guests are around as this helps to reduce excess hair from going into the shower drain. The kitchen is another drain you must be aware of as it can easily clog. Do not add too many things to the garbage disposal as it can clog the sink quickly. Ask your guests to clean off their plates into the garbage instead of forcing it down the garbage disposal. Never drain excess oil or fats into a drain as it will quickly cause a drain to become blocked as the fat sticks to the walls of the pipes.
Check the toilet to ensure it is flushing properly. If you have a toilet that has a hard time flushing, consider changing the flange or other parts inside the toilet as this will help it flush properly.
A working faucet or shower head will make or break the stay of your guests. Test all the faucets to ensure they have adequate water flow. If the drain has a slow drip, it can be annoying to your guests. Fix some of the small issues that could become annoying and lead to larger issues for your guests.
Keeping your plumbing system working correctly will keep your guests happy, and will keep you happy as you won’t need to deal with plumbing emergencies during the holidays! Make sure your home’s plumbing is in tip-top shape with help from Mister Sewer. Our professional plumbers are glad to lend a helping hand to get your home’s plumbing ready for any heavy-duty holiday work. If you’re looking for the expertise to get the job done right, call Mister Sewer today!