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Common Christmas Plumbing Problems

Common Christmas Plumbing Problems

As the holidays roll around, it is time to do some preventative maintenance on your home. With so many guests and holiday meals, your plumbing system will be working overtime during this, the most wonderful time of the year.

To make sure your home does not suffer from a plumbing disaster, watch out for the following five issues.

Clogged Toilets

A clogged toilet is a nightmare, but it’s preventable. Keep a plunger handy in every bathroom. And consider posting a sign that lists things that shouldn’t be flushed. These include…

  • Cotton balls

  • Q-tips

  • Floss

  • So-called flushable wipes

  • Feminine hygiene products

Have a wastebasket nearby to encourage people to toss these items in the trash, not the toilet.

Frozen Pipes

Cold weather means pipes can freeze and burst. You can prevent this from happening by adding insulation around your pipes. Other than heating your home, you can also keep the water in your pipes moving by leaving a faucet on just a little bit.

No Hot Water

Hosting family means your hot water supply will be in demand, big time. Consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. Unlike a conventional tank, which keeps hot water on standby, a tankless unit supplies hot water on demand. It never runs out of hot water, ensuring steamy showers for all. Plus, this appliance will help reduce energy costs.

Gunked-Up Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can effortlessly grind up most foods. However, some scraps can damage the unit and cause severe clogs. These include…

  • Bones

  • Fibrous vegetables, such as celery

  • Pasta

  • Potato

These belong in the garbage, not the disposal.

Bottom line: If you are uncertain about what to do to protect your plumbing systems, a professional plumber can spot minor problems before they become a major issue. If you want to enjoy a stress-free Christmas, call Plumb Level at (979) 200-6674.

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