Holiday Plumbing Preparation Tips

North Myrtle Beach plumbingShopping, baking, wrapping gifts, and ensuring that you are not in the wrong side of Santa’s list for not preparing your plumbing system for the holidays. The holiday season is busy and you will even be busier if you are hosting guests. Listed below are some plumbing tips you need to keep in mind to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is an important part of your plumbing system. It is often the main reason why homeowners call a plumber over. They often complain about clogs especially during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. These issues are commonly preventable. Apart from knowing what you can and cannot toss in your garbage disposal, it is also helpful to run cold water for about 1 minute after you place food in it. Hot water tends to solidify any grease that is poured down the drain by somebody you is not you (because you know better, right?)

Check Your Toilet

You cannot prevent this. Your toilet will be used a lot of times during the holidays. Be sure to check it. Inspect the handle, the lift, arm and chain, as well as the flapper. You can also put a polite sign to remind your guest about what they should not put in the toilet. Doing so can help save you from plumbing headaches and make sure that your guests could save face. Keep a few of your North Myrtle Beach plumbing supplies readily available, too such as a plunger and extra toilet.

Install Drain Catchers

If you are hosting guests and they will be spending the night over, they will surely log in some shower time. More showers mean more hair will go down the drain. You have to install drain catchers to help prevent clogs.

Prepare Your Water Heater

With more showers, you can also expect an increase in hot water usage. You have to encourage your guests to give some space in between shower sessions so as to provide the water heater tank with a little time to breathe and recover. Turn up the heater, the maximum should only be 120 degree Fahrenheit, while you still have guests. Finally, if you need water heater maintenance, be sure to take care of that before the celebration so you can avoid water mishaps.

Main Water Valve

As a homeowner, you need to know where the main water valve is located. You should also show your guests where it is so they can easily turn it off in case of an emergency. You should also consider marking the valve so your guests can easily find it. Hopefully, you do not have to use it but making sure your guests are informed about its location can also go a long way in case of a plumbing emergency.

Call NMB Plumbing Pros if you want to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for the holidays.

NMB Plumbing Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 353-6409