Top 10 tips to prevent holiday plumbing bills

"Double time and a half" are five words you don't ever want to hear when it comes to hiring a pro to solve a home emergency. But stress out your plumbing system on a holiday and that might be what you are up against when it comes to hiring a plumber to get your system back in working order.

Tis' the season for holiday parties, out-of-town visitors, and, often, household holiday plumbing emergencies. Busy kitchens mean more grease and food waste to drag down the kitchen drain and disposer, and house guests 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. Roto-Rooter reports that on the day after Christmas alone, their business can jump up to anywhere between 20% and 40% over a normal day. But by taking a few precautions, homeowners can avoid stop-ups and visits from their local plumber: