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Holiday Plumbing Tips

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family for some festive cheer. The added cooking, showering, toilet flushing, etc can sometimes put a strain on your plumbing system. Here are some tips to help you avoid adding a plumbing disaster to your Christmas story. In the kitchen:

  • Pour fats/cooking oils into an old can and then throw out instead of the down the drain which could cause blockages.
  • Remember to keep the following out of your garbage disposal: poultry skins, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp and banana peels. They are harder to grind and can
  • clog your sink drain.
  • Make sure to run cold water down the drain for approx 15 seconds before and after running your garbage disposal.
  • To avoid running out of hot water for showers run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or in the middle of the day when most people aren’t going to be showering.

In the bathroom:

  • When you have many people staying in one house, make a shower plan and spread them out during the day/evening. Wait 10 minutes between showers to help with
  • hot water and water pressure.
  • Turn up the water heater slightly to retain hot water. To avoid scalding, do not exceed 125 degrees F.
  • If you have a build up of minerals on your shower head causing low shower pressure. Pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag and use a twist tie to secure it overnight. In the morning gently scrub the build up away.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

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