‘Tis the Season for Plumbing Tips

The holidays are supposed to fill our homes with the smells of family recipes, sounds of joy, and feelings of love from our friends and family. At Jordan & Sons Plumbing and Electrical, we want to keep it that way.

The winter, holiday season is the busiest time of year for emergency plumbing services nationwide. Let’s change that. Follow these tips and avoid holiday headaches.

 

1. Be careful with the garbage disposer.

Before and after using the garbage disposer, run cold water for 10 seconds to allow any waste to be pushed down the main line. Keep the water running while the disposer is on.

It’s easy to just throw all of the vegetable remains from the cutting board into the sink, but don’t do it. Put food debris in, a little bit at a time. Avoid putting hard to grind, fibrous, or stringy waste into the disposer, such as carrots, celery, poultry skins, and banana peels. These make it difficult for the motor to rotate and can lead to a clogged drain.

 

2. Avoid clogging the sink.

Avoid allowing any fats, or cooking oils to go down the drain. Fats and oils may be liquefied at one temperature, but can transform into their solid form at another. Liquid fats solidify in pipes and will clog your drains. Try pouring the fat, or oil into a cup and throwing it away in the trash after it’s solidified, instead of pouring it down the drain. Also, try to wipe as much grease as you can off of pots, pans, and plates with paper towels, before placing them in the sink.

Check to make sure that your sinks have drain screens, which help filter out large clumps of soap, hair, and other debris that can get into your pipes and clog them.

 

3. Save your hot water and maintain water pressure. 

Try running your dishwashers and washing machines at night, or during times when less water is being used in the home. This helps to conserve hot water and maintain adequate water pressure for your guests.

Is the whole family in town and taking turns using the shower? Have everyone spread showers out with 10 minutes between each and turn your water heater up slightly. This will help retain hot water, but avoid scalding by not exceeding 125˚F.

If your shower pressure seems weaker than usual, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the showerhead, use a twist, or zip tie to hold it in place, and let it soak over night. In the morning, remove the bag and use a toothbrush to scrub away any mineral deposits that may be preventing proper water flow.

 

4. Avoid clogging the toilet. 

Do not flush anything down your toilet, besides toilet paper and human waste. Avoid flushing feminine waste products, facial cleansing cloths, q-tips, cotton balls, and other materials. Toilet paper and human waste dissolves, other materials do not and may even expand in the water inside of your pipes, which will lead to tough clogs.

 

5. Prevent pipes from freezing. 

Make sure that your pipes are installed in insulated, or heated spaces. If your pipes are outdoors, make sure that they are insulated, or buried deep enough below the frost line.

If your pipes aren’t insulated, fit them with insulation, or wrapping.

Allowing a faucet to drip during extremely low temperatures can prevent a pipe from bursting.

 

6. Fix frozen pipes.

If your pipes are frozen, turn off the main water line to avoid flooding, research the layout of your home’s piping layout, identify the cracked pipe, and replace the broken sections with insulation.

If you’re not sure about the problem you’re having, you can always call us.

 

Happy Holidays from Jordan & Sons!

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