Do you have a bunch of family coming over for the holidays? Unfortunately, you may not be the only one stressed about having all those family members over, it can take a toll on your plumbing too!
If you have groups of family over for the holidays, having those extra bodies in your house using the sinks, toilets, and showers can cause a massive amount of additional volume through your pipes. This means that there are more chances that your toilets can get clogged, sinks backed up, and a lot more work for you water heater as well. It is important to make sure that your plumbing is in tip top shape before the holidays so that there won’t be any unforeseen issues.
The first thing you should make sure to do is clear your pipes before guests come over. This means either getting Draino or a pipe snake to ensure that there are no blockages. A lot of the time pipes may have some blockage, but it’s not enough to cause issues with a normal amount of water or waste running through the pipes, once there are more people though it can cause major issues. It is also important to clean out the shower drain a head of time – this way you won’t need to worry about having a backed-up shower.
Speaking of showers – your hot water heater will have to be working overtime to accommodate the additional showers from guests. Make sure that everything is working properly with your hot water tank, otherwise guests might end up with cold showers! On top of that, don’t be afraid to ask your guests to space out their showers. This can help with conserving hot water and making sure that there is enough time for the tank to fill back up and heat up the water in it as well.
Overall, the holidays can be a tough time on your plumbing, so it’s important to take care of it. By being proactive, you can avoid the awkward situation of either having your guests cause a block up, or you having to let them know of plumbing issues. Of course, if you don’t know how to properly prep your plumbing for the holidays, you can always trust a plumber. At Drain Experts Plumbing, we can check your plumbing for existing issues, and also fix anything that is in need of repair.