Plumbing Tips to Help You Over the Holidays

November 20, 2020

The holiday season is fast approaching, and even if you’re not having as many people around the house as usual this year due to the pandemic, it’s still likely your plumbing will be working overtime as you do more cooking and cleaning and have people around the house for more hours of the day.

Therefore, it’s important you take some proactive steps to keep your plumbing system in good condition throughout the holidays so you can avoid any unfortunate circumstances that really put a damper on your celebrations in Coweta County, GA. Here are a few of those plumbing tips for you to keep in mind:

  • Be careful with how you use your garbage disposal: The garbage disposal is not designed to be used like a trash can—you shouldn’t be throwing significant chunks of food down the garbage disposal. Beyond quantity of items, there are other items that should never be put down the garbage disposal at all, including bones, poultry skin, fruit and vegetable peels, cornhusks, egg shells and coffee grounds. You should always empty plates into the garbage first, and only use the garbage disposal as a way to grind up anything that gets left behind.
  • Dispose of grease properly: You should never let cooking greases, fats and oils go down the drain. This is especially likely to be an issue over the holidays, given the greater amount of cooking you’re liable to be doing. Instead, pour off the grease into a separate container and allow it to harden before you throw it away in the garbage.
  • Be prepared for toilet clogs: If you have more people in the house, or if you are simply home more often because you don’t have to work over the holidays, it’s important to remember your toilets will be working overtime. Make sure you practice good toilet safety, meaning you avoid flushing anything down the drain that’s not human waste or toilet paper. Keep a garbage can handy in the bathroom, and make sure you have a plunger on hand just in case a clog develops.
  • Use cold water in your disposal: When you’re running your garbage disposal, you should use cold water and keep it running for 30 to 60 seconds after you switch off the disposal. Cold water helps to push the waste down the drain. Hot water, on the other hand, will help grease to solidify and clog in the drain, so it’s best to avoid using it merely as a means of clearing out the drain. Once you’ve finished doing your dishes, focus on using cold water to clear out the sink.
  • Have a relationship with a plumber: Make sure you have a plumber’s information handy just in case you have any emergencies that arise. It can be a good idea to have an inspection of your plumbing system performed before you have any holiday gatherings just to make sure everything goes smoothly.

For more information about plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA, or to schedule service, contact Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. today.

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