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5 Important Plumbing Tips You Should Know During The Holidays

Winter is a busy time for holidays, so the last thing you will need is for the festivities to be spoiled by problems with your home’s plumbing system. To avoid those problems and avoid a costly plumber callout, here are five important holiday plumbing tips.5 Important Plumbing Tips You Should Do Before the Holidays

Watch What You Pour Down Your Drain

If there is one plumbing disaster that is likely to spoil your winter holiday it will be a problem with your drainage, and one thing that will almost guarantee that your drain will not be functioning properly will be something that you poured down it. Do not be tempted to pour liquid fats or even cooking oil down the drain as they are very likely to solidify and cause a blockage.

Utilize Your Garbage Disposal Properly

Your garbage disposal is a very useful tool provided you use it properly. This means not putting materials down it which the unit will find difficult to grind. This includes the likes of skin from poultry and peel from various fruits, vegetables, egg shells, and especially RICE. Anything that is not able to be ground properly will very likely cause a blockage.

Ensure Enough Hot Water And Proper Pressure

Much of the hot water used at home is in the bathroom, with members of the family taking showers or soaking in the bathtub. The best way to ensure there is enough hot water for all, and that it does not run out when most needed, is by spacing out the times people shower or bathe. This will give the hot water tank enough time to heat up between uses.

If water pressure while taking a shower is weak this could be because of mineral deposits in the shower head. A simple solution is to tie a plastic bag filled with vinegar over the shower head. Leave it overnight and scrub off those mineral deposits with an old toothbrush the next morning.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

You can prevent pipes becoming frozen by fitting them with insulation, either in sleeve form or wrapping. You should also prevent faucets dripping during freezing weather. New piping should be installed, where possible, in places which are already insulated or heated. Another good idea when burying pipes under the ground is to ensure they are installed below the frost line.

Identify And Repair Broken Pipes

Should you be unfortunate enough to suffer broken pipes during the winter holiday season, the first thing to do is turn off the water at the mainline. You can identify the broken pipes by checking out your home’s water pipe layout. Having discovered where the problem is, the damaged pipe can be removed and the replacement piping wrapped with insulation.

Contact Horizon Services

If your home and plumbing system has any age to it 5 years or greater it is a good idea to have the plumbing inspected by a licensed and bonded plumber, Horizon Services, to determine if there are any hidden problems you may not be aware of that will cause you unexpected problems and expenses during these cold days ahead.

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  1. Sewer Cleaning Sunnyvale January 21st, 2014 at 7:18 am


    Meanwhile you also need to make sure that you know how to act in the emergency. First and foremost this means getting the situation under control and there are many ways you can do this. For instance you might want to place a bucket or bowl under the source of the leak in order to prevent more damage from occurring. Similarly you might be able to use a sponge or cloth to slow the flow and to soak up as much spilled water as possible.

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  2. Tulsa Plumbing January 24th, 2014 at 3:22 am


    Also, if you are not sure where the leak is, turning off the main valve will help you lessen the problem and prevent leaks from spreading. Just be familiar about the important valves in the house to prevent any further damage.

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  3. Gaston Parizeau February 12th, 2015 at 4:08 pm


    I know that I have made the mistake of pouring used cooking oil down the disposal, and I regretted it later. I assumed that doing it a few times wouldn’t be a problem, but I ended having some blockage that needed fixing. It might seem like the easiest way to get rid of oil or fat, but in the long run it will complicate things.

    Horizon Services Note:

    The fats in the grease and oil from your kitchen mix with the other chemicals in the sewers and form nasty conglomerations of chemicals that can build up and block the pipes that take our dirty water from your house to the wastewater treatment plant. The best plan is not to let any grease get down the drain if you don’t want the sewer coming out of your faucet.

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  4. Delores Lyon March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 pm


    Thanks for the tips! I have been trying to make sure that my home’s plumbing system doesn’t go bad while my family and I are gone for vacation. It looks like I should get the pipes checked for leaks. That way, I won’t have to deal with a big frozen pipe mess when we come back!

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  5. gary birtles March 9th, 2015 at 11:19 am


    Hot water is always something my family struggles with during the holidays. We usually have a full house and we run out of hot water very quickly when everyone is trying to shower. One thing that helps is planning out a shower schedule so that there is time in-between showers for the hot water to regenerate. That is a great tip.

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  6. Lacey Rockwell March 10th, 2015 at 11:15 am


    Also, do not put potato peels down the drain. Last year, my son was in charge of peeling all the potatoes. I wasn’t in the room the entire time, and he didn’t know where to put the peels, so he just put them in the sink. When he was finished, he didn’t want to leave a mess, so he put them all down the drain. I did not know about this, so I ran the disposal. The next day I was trying to find a plumber to come fix it.

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  7. Jenn Davies March 25th, 2015 at 4:02 pm


    When it comes to the garbage disposal, it’s a good idea to leave out as much as possible. Scraping plates before putting them in the sink is a great way to avoid plumbing headaches. Honestly, I try to stick to paper plates during the holidays. It makes cleanup easier, and it means that I don’t have to remind my guests what they can and can’t put down my drains.

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  8. Julie Myers April 1st, 2015 at 6:43 pm


    It sounds to me like these are some really good tips for taking care of your plumbing during the holidays! Since there are usually so many people around during the holidays, I definitely agree that it is an important time to avoid a plumbing problem. This winter, I will be sure to remember these five things to help me avoid any issues, especially when it comes to problems with frozen pipes!

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  9. Sergio Freddson April 16th, 2015 at 3:16 pm


    I never knew that you could fit pipes with insulation. Is this expensive? Also, can it be done retroactively or must it be done during installation? I’ll have to look at having this done on my new property. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

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