Avoid Plumbing Problems this Holiday Season

Avoid plumbing problems this holiday seasonIf you are anything like the average holiday host, you enjoy opening your house to friends and family but are weary of the potential plumbing problems it may bring. Keeping your home operating smoothly under extreme stress is imperative and that includes helping ease the strain on your pipes!

“We’ve seen it all during six decades in business,” said Bob Bellini, President of Varsity Home Service. “From our family to yours, we’d like to share with you some simple tips to keep things flowing!”

  • Be careful what goes down the drain! Some products may say “flushable” but we have learned the hard way that they do not live up to the hype. Any solids that aren’t meant to be flushed down the toilet or dumped in the sink should be disposed of properly.
  • Place a waste basket and septic system safe products in appropriate places. A small trashcan in the bathroom or adding a countertop pail by the kitchen sink may be worthwhile to avoid bigger issues. Chances are if they are readily available, guests would be more apt to use them rather than using the drain.
  • No matter how good your garbage disposal may be, it is still a hot bed for potential problems and clogs. Use common sense.
  • This goes for cooking oils and grease too. They should be placed in the trash rather than down the drain. These substances can clog and stick to your pipes as they harden.
  • Have supplies handy. You don’t want to go ripping the garage apart or scrounging under the sink for a drain cleaner or a plunger when things get hairy and need attention ASAP.
  • Check the temperature on your water heater or oil burner. If you are having overnight guests the heat will be flowing 24-7 in this frigid weather. Despite all the “hot air” generated by a gossiping cousin or bickering in-laws, the atmosphere may get more intense but it will not heat your water! Check those gauges so everyone has some hot water to shower with or plenty to use for cooking.

“We bet you’ve never given it much thought, but the holidays are when our business spikes with emergency calls,” said Bellini. “Of course, we are always here to help, but give yourself the gift of a little piece of mind and avoid extra holiday stress by following our simple