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Your Pre-Holiday Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

November 13th, 2017 by gtowsley Leave a reply »


During the Holidays you may find yourself doing a lot of entertaining. Some would argue that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Whatever side of the fence you stand, this is a busy time of year. Its busy everywhere; the grocery store, the mall, the freeway, the post office… As family and friends get together to spread some holiday cheer, it is also a busy time for your plumbing system. Which is why, as the countdown begins to turkey day, the kickoff of the holiday season, it is a good idea to get some holiday plumbing maintenance done, before your in laws check in.


#1 Preventative Drain Cleaning

Preventative drain cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your holiday plumbing maintenance. Regular drain cleaning helps remove buildup and debris that can get lodged in your pipes and cause clogs and drainage issues. If you holiday plumbingplan on entertaining for the holidays, then you will probably be cooking up a storm, which can put undue pressure on your plumbing. Get ahead of the clogs and drainage issues, and have your drains cleaned by a professional. This will help keep things moving.


#2 Check the Plumbing in Your Guest Bathroom

Guest bathroom tend to not get used a lot, which means that you might be unaware of an existing issue. Inspect your guest bathroom before your guests arrive as part of your holiday plumbing maintenance. Look for leaks around the faucet, showerhead, under the sink, and around the toilet. Make sure that the traps aren’t dried out, which can happen in restrooms that aren’t used that often and can result in the offensive smell of sewer gas creeping in through your plumbing. Also make sure that your toilet is up to the challenge. Run some test flushes, and inspect the inter working parts of the toilet. Replace parts as needed, a new flapper may be in order if the toilet continues to run.


#3 Water Heater

Holiday entertaining could put your water heater on overtime. Which is why it’s a good idea to inspect your water heater and make sure it is ready. Look for any leaks, or signs of corrosion. Inspect the pilot and make sure it is strong. Check the thermostat and make sure is set no higher than 120 degrees. If your water heater is showing signs of excessive wear and tear, it may be a good time to invest in a new one. Contact your plumber to discuss your options.


#4 Be Prepared

holiday plumbingThe holidays always bring a log of surprises, some of them great, while others not so much. Which is why it is important to be prepared for plumbing surprises. Make sure you have the proper tools on hand to prevent damage. We recommend having an at least 2 plungers, one dedicated to the sink and the other dedicated for the toilet. A pair of tongue and groove pliers is also good to have on hand. Keeping a roll of plastic is also a good idea to protect your belonging and surrounding area in the event of a plumbing related flood.


Being prepared is the best line of defense against a holiday plumbing disaster is holiday plumbing maintenance. Find a plumber in your area with our plumbing directory.


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