‘Tis the season to be jolly, not dealing with clogged toilets! As we gear up for festive celebrations, the last thing you need is a plumbing problem disrupting your holiday cheer. Here are some tips to ensure your toilets stay clog-free.
Watch What You Flush
Be sure to remind guests (and yourself) to only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Discourage the disposal of wipes, paper towels, or other non-flushable items to prevent potential blockages. Tempted to flush a ruined recipe? We recommend the trash; your pipes will thank you later. Remember “flushable” means it will go through your toilet NOT the rest of your home’s plumbing!!!!
Protect Your Pipes
It’s tempting to dispose of cooking fats and oils down the drain. However, these substances can solidify in your pipes and lead to clogs. AP recommends collecting cooking fats and oils in a designated container that can be tossed in the trash once it’s congealed.
Schedule a Pre-Holiday Plumbing Check
Give your pipes a ‘spa day’ before holiday stress sets in. Prior to guests arriving, call AP Plumbing to have a plumbing professional ensure everything is in working order. Our experts can identify and address any potential issues in advance, saving you from any unexpected disruptions during your celebrations. Ask your AP tech about our ProClean to help maintain your drains all year round using non-chemical means.
Quick D.I.Y. Fixes
Keep a plunger handy in case of minor clogs. If you notice slow drains, a mixture of one half cup baking soda and one half cup vinegar can help break down small blockages. For more persistent issues, it’s always best to consult with our plumbing professionals.
Spread the Word
If you’re hosting guests this holiday season, consider placing a friendly reminder in the bathroom about proper disposal practices. A simple note can go a long way in preventing unintentional mishaps.
Taking extra precautions around the holidays with these five plumbing tips are sure ways to keep the festivities flowing smoothly. Wishing you and your family joy, laughter, and stress-free plumbing this holiday season!