The holiday season is almost upon us. Not to be a buzz kill but apart from the oodles of warmth, togetherness and hospitality this season holds, there is an additional risk of some major plumbing disasters with all that excess food and waste disposal to be done. Plumbing rates may even go up during the festive season, so if you want to avoid some major costs, here are a few things you can keep in mind while you celebrate.

What go could wrong, you ask? Many families go out for the holidays. People also get tons of guests and the sheer number of people can take a serious toll on the plumbing.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid disasters.

  • Your oven may have a self-cleaning setting. This can make your entire home smell smokey so it’s best that you do it a few weeks prior to your guests arriving.
  • Take care about using your garbage disposal sparingly. With guests over, there can be a major overload of chicken bones, leftover veggies and stuffing and not to mention heaps of grease. Use the garbage bin for the season instead, go easy on your poor disposal, it may not be able to handle all that waste. NOTE: Your toilet is NOT an alternative!

It is understandable that you want to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen and more time with your guests, but there are some shortcuts that can really not go down well. Remember some tradesmen might be busy during the holidays and the available ones may charge higher rates.

  • Before you wash your pots and pans, wipe the excess grease from them to avoid clogging your drains
  • Scrape off remains of food from your plates before you load them into your dishwasher

However, if you still do encounter a plumbing nightmare please do check before hand if your plumber will be available. Happy Holidays!

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