The holiday season is here, and we all know what that means – bustling gatherings, delicious feasts, and lots of quality time with friends and family. Our kitchens are working overtime, and so are our appliances, including our plumbing. While there’s never a good time for a plumbing emergency, dealing with one in the midst of preparing a Christmas dinner is the last thing anyone wants. To ensure your pipes stay happy and your holidays run smoothly, My Georgia Plumber has some lighthearted tips to share.
Mind Your Disposal:
When it comes to your garbage disposal, it might seem like a superhero that can devour anything, but it has its limits. Avoid feeding it fiber-rich foods like celery or seeds, as these can cause it to get “indigestion.” Rice and pasta are better off in the garbage can. By doing this, you’ll prevent clogs and keep your disposal humming along happily.
Resist the temptation to pour grease or fat down the disposal or sink drain. While hot grease appears to flow effortlessly, it can solidify and clog pipes as it cools. Dispose of grease in a separate container, ensuring it cools down first to prevent fire hazards.
Be a Water Friend:
Before and after you put something down the drain or disposal, run the kitchen faucet for at least 20 seconds. Let the water be your ally in washing away debris and ensuring it reaches the drain pipe. This simple step can prevent blockages and keep things flowing smoothly.
To save energy and water, make sure your dishwasher is full before running it. Consider running it at night when everyone is asleep to reduce noise and save on your electric bill. It’s a win-win!
Think Before You Flush:
When in doubt, don’t flush it. Items like cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, and makeup removal cloths are better off in the trash. Flushing these items can lead to plumbing issues that no one wants to deal with during the holidays.
Water Heater Wisdom:
Set your water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure your water stays hot enough without posing a danger. If you have a house full of overnight guests, stagger your showers by 15 minutes to give your water heater time to recover. This way, everyone can enjoy a warm shower without any surprises.
This holiday season, let’s keep the focus on joy, love, and laughter, rather than plumbing woes. By following these simple tips, you can help prevent unexpected plumbing issues and ensure a stress-free, happy holiday season in your kitchen and bathrooms.
If you ever find yourself in need of plumbing assistance, remember that My Georgia Plumber is just a call away at 770-592-0081. We’re here to make sure your holidays stay merry and bright. Happy holidays, and may your pipes be ever trouble-free!