5 Smart Plumbing Prep Tips for the Holiday Guest Influx
With November around the corner, it is time to start planning for a hassle-free visit from friends and family.
Who would not want to escape to San Diego from Minnesota, Maine, New York and even Oregon in November and December? With guests coming in, you want to make sure to keep your plumbing system working efficiently.
To that end, as a family-owned San Diego plumbing service with company of our own on their way, we recommend you make “pre-emptive strikes” surrounding kitchen and shower drains and toilets to avoid overflows, clogs, and hot water deficits, all of which get in the way of family fun. If a plumbing pitfall does occur over the holidays, however, rest assured that Perry Plumbing can provide same day and even emergency plumbing repair that gets the fun back on track affordably!
Kitchen Sink Clog Prevention at the Holidays
Family wants to HELP; you bet! That means they will be clearing plates, doing dishes preparing meals and dumping all kinds of things down your drain and into the garbage disposal.
To keep your kitchen sink drain and sewer lines clear without being a nag, consider creating a short, laminated note that lists items to keep out of the kitchen sink and disposal. Place this note close to the kitchen sink drain.
“Dear Guests: please do not put these items down the kitchen sink. Our home repair budget and the San Diego water system thanks you!”
- Baking Goods
- Food Scraps
- Dairy Products
- Cooking Oil
- Meat Fats
- Butter and Margarine
If your drains are slow now, getting them cleaned before company comes will head off a full-on, fun-interrupting blockage. We’ve fashioned a drain cleaning special for the holidays to get you guest-ready.
Garbage Disposal Break-Down Prevention during the High-Traffic Holidays
During the holiday season, the last thing that you and your family want to deal with is a clogged garbage disposal. Though manufacturers are making garbage disposals more powerful every year, no model seems to completely flush the food particles and grease completely. When mold and bacteria start to grow on top of the old food, odors proliferate, overwhelming even the best pumpkin scented candles.
Your note beside the kitchen sink reads:
“Dear Guests: please do not put these items down the kitchen sink. Our home repair budget and the San Diego water department thank you!”
- pasta & rice (swells and sticks in drain and sewer lines causing clogs)
- egg shells (cause clogs)
- stringy veggies (wrap around blade and impede function)
- meat, cooked or raw (cause clogs)
- potatoes, potato skins & flour, pumpkin guts (starchy foods can turn to glue in drains and sewer lines causing clogs)
- fruit peels, rinds and stones (blade damage and clog creator)
- bones, cigarette butts, glass, metal, paper, plastic (blade damage)
Don’t forget to laminate your note at an office supply store. Kitchens are wet places!
Toilet Clog Prevention During The Holidays
We know you want to pamper visiting family and friends, but try to find other ways other than buying toilet paper that claims to be “pillowy soft,” “multilayered,” “super thick” etc. These fluffy brands clog toilets and really do not add to toileting experience anyway. Keep in mind that anything flushed down the toilet goes into the city sewer system.
Your note by the toilet can read:
“Dear guests: please avoid toilet paper overuse and putting these items into the toilet. We and the San Diego water department thank you!”
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Mini or maxi pads
- Disposable Diapers
- Sanitary Napkins
- Tampons and tampon applicators
- Facial Tissue
- Automotive Fluids
- Poisons and Hazardous Waste
- Paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
Again, laminate your note.
Shower Drain Clog Prevention for the Holidays
Every family contains a member to with a BIG head of hair.
Upping the shower’s capacity from two people per day to five people per day doubles the amount of hair going down the drain lines, getting caught on greasy residue and forming a blockage. Before the first big-haired niece lands at Lindbergh Field, consider getting a drain strainer or cover, which allows water to go through, but not hair. You will be surprised at how much hair builds up after the morning showers are done.
Hot Water Depletion Prevention During the Holidays
With a real capacity of only 2/3rds of the tank, the typical 50-gallon tank water heater will deliver 33 gallons of hot water before having to reheat the water again. Therefore, you are basically looking at 17 minutes of hot water. Each adult should take a ten-minute shower to ensure the hot water stretches for 2 showers. This means you have to plan.
If Aunt Joyce takes a 20-minute shower, the next person in line will need to wait 40 minutes before getting in. Why? The standard hot-water heater takes 20 minutes to refill and then another 20 minutes to heat up.
One good solution is to plan a few showers for evening and a few showers for morning.
The tankless water heater on the other hand superheats water quickly, allowing hot water to be available for as many that need it. If you are in the market for a new hot water heater, check out our explanation of how San Diego loves the new tankless hot water heaters here.
Don’t Let Minor Plumbing Issues Explode Just When Company Arrives
BBB A+ Rated Perry Plumbing Helps at the Holidays and All Year!
Lingering plumbing issues have a way of doing their worst just when you have visitors.
Dial-up the fun and dial down the hassle of holidays when you prepare your plumbing system for houseguests. A Google Plus 5-Star rated San Diego plumbing service, we know our reputation is made with every call. Feel free to call us at 619-472-2112 to conduct a preventative inspection with our cutting-edge video inspection tools. Perry Plumbing even has special Holiday coupons on our website so check them out now!! Happy Holidays from Perry Plumbing.