Preventing Holiday Plumbing Problems
This makes for a busy season for plumbing pros, and the experts at Roto-Rooter tell us that on the day after
The holiday season brings a parade of parties, lavish family meals, out-of-town visitors and, often, household plumbing emergencies. Busy kitchens mean more grease and food waste to drag down the kitchen drain and disposer, and houseguests equal extra showers, baths and toilet flushes that can strain systems that are already partially clogged.
This makes for a busy season for plumbing pros, and the experts at Roto-Rooter tell us that on the day after Christmas alone, their business can jump up to anywhere between 20 percent and 40 percent over a normal day. ?Nobody wants their holiday ruined by a clogged drain, so when they call us, they want immediate assistance,? says Larry Rothman, master plumber for Roto-Rooter. ?People get so caught up in the holiday madness that it?s no wonder they don?t think about the stress put on their pipes during the holiday season.
By taking a few precautions, homeowners can avoid stop-ups and visits from their local plumber. Rothman and his colleagues recommend the following for those who will be busy at home for the holidays.
In the Kitchen:
In the Bathroom:
Finally, if you notice your drains are running slowly, treat them with retail drain cleaning products long before company arrives. If that doesn?t do the trick and you find you need a plumber, be sure to call well before visits and parties are in full swing ?you?ll get faster attention and avoid holiday service charges.
Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the show?s podcast or sign-up for Tom?s free weekly e-newsletter, visit the program?s website.