The holidays are here again and it is certainly a wonderful time of year to spend with friends and family. As you prepare your meals and treats and enjoy all the festivities connected with the season keep in mind that you are taxing your home’s plumbing system more than ever. The last thing you want in your home is a holiday plumbing emergency.
“The holidays are a very busy time of year for plumbers” according to Scott Ferrell, owner of Black Mountain Plumbing, Inc in San Diego, Ca. “It all begins with too much food being put down the garbage disposal and food that doesn’t belong in a disposal at all,” says Ferrell. “Garbage disposals aren’t meant to deal with large quantities of food all at once.” “About 90% of garbage disposal problems we see are preventable,” he added.
Here are some things you should not put down your garbage disposal :
- Pasta or rice (these can expand in your pipes and create blockage)
- potato peels
- egg shells
- coffee grounds
- fruit pits
- celery stalks
- onion skins
- cigarette butts
Some other handy tips for garbage disposal maintenance:
- If you have larger items, cut them into smaller pieces first and put them in one at a time.
- Keep you disposal clean by running a little dish water and soap.
- You can also make your disposal smell nice and fresh by running lemon, orange or other citrus peelings.
- Have a good flow of cold water running before, during and after you run your disposal.
Other Common Holiday Plumbing Issues
Clogged toilets are also a big problem during the holidays. Make sure that you have a waste basket in every bathroom. That way guests won’t be tempted to flush facial tissues, baby wipes, cotton swabs or other items that don’t belong in your bathroom plumbing.
Your hot water heater will also be in high demand. Before your guests arrive, turn up your water heater to increase its capacity—but make sure you don’t exceed 120°. A scalded guest is not a happy guest. Remember to turn it back down after everyone leaves so you don’t waste energy.
It is a good idea to have your plumbing system inspected, if it has not been looked at in some while. Deschutes Plumbing offers both residential and commercial plumbing repairs, drain cleaning, water heater installation and repair and much more. Call them today at (858) 536-4161.