Having family come to visit for the holiday season can be stressful and hectic. But things can get even worse if your plumbing system does not function as it should. While you cannot prevent every plumbing emergency, there are a few things that you can do before guests arrive to help minimize the chances of plumbing problems arising. Here are a few tips to help ready your home's plumbing for holiday guests.
Pour a Pot of Nearly Boiling Water Down Each Drain
Before guests arrive to your home for the holidays, take the time to heat a large pot of water until it is nearly boiling, and then pour the water down each drain. The hot water helps to flush out any oily or greasy items that are sitting in the drains, which ultimately, can cause clogs to form. If you notice water is draining slowly from the drain, mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda to make a homemade drain cleaner. Allow the drain cleaner to sit in the drain for about an hour before flushing it with a pot of nearly boiling water.
Remove Hair From Shower and Sink Drains
Hair in your showers and sinks can also cause water to drain slowly and can lead to clogs. Before your guests arrive, pull all of the hair out of your shower, bathtub and bathroom sink drains. There are tools that you can buy at home improvement stores that reach deep into the drain to remove hair fast and effortlessly.
Inspect Your Plumbing for Signs of Leaks
The last thing that you will want is for a puddle of water to end up under your sink or fixtures when you have guests over. Prior to guests arriving at your home for the holidays, take the time to inspect any visible pipes, such as those under the sink, for signs of leaks. This may include moisture on the pipe, water staining or a small puddle under the pipe itself.
Flush Your Hot Water Heater
Lastly, take the time to drain and flush your hot water heater before your guests arrive. This optimizes the amount of hot water that your hot water heater is able to make by flushing out old water and sediment that is stuck in the tank. Flushing a tank can help to ensure everyone gets a hot shower in the morning. Turn your hot water heater off and allow it to cool. Then connect a hose to the output valve on the tank. Open the valve and allow all the water to drain out. Once this is completed, disconnect the hose, connect it to a power source and allow it to heat water up again.
During the holiday season, you may not have a lot of free time to get everything ready. If you want to ready your home's plumbing for the holiday season, but are running short on time, a plumber at a residential water heater installation service can assist you. Contact one today and schedule an appointment to have your plumbing system inspected, your drains cleaned and to have your hot water heater flushed.