The Guests Are About To Arrive: 3 Tips To Help You Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

Posted on: 10 October 2016

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The holidays will be here before you know it. That means it's time to start planning for house guests and holiday get-togethers. Plumbing emergencies are the last things you want to deal with during the holidays. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent some of the more common plumbing problems. Here are just three of the preventative measures you can take to help avoid messy plumbing situations while your guests are over.

Clean the Drains

If it's been a while since you had your drains cleaned, now would be the time to have that taken care of. Dirty drains can lead to a multitude of plumbing problems including clogs, foul odors and even sluggish toilets. You might not realize this but small particles of food, hair, grease and even human waste build up along the walls of your drain pipes. Over time, the buildup can do two things. 1) it can decrease the capacity of the drain pipe, which can increase the likelihood of clogs. 2) it can lead to foul odors as the food and human waste begins to rot and decay inside the pipes. With routine drain cleaning, the debris will be removed from the drains, which will ensure clean, properly functioning drains.

Service the Septic

If you have a septic tank, you need to have it serviced before your guests begin arriving this holiday season. This is particularly important if it's been a while since the tank was pumped. Even if the tank is empty enough to handle your typical household waste, it might not be prepared to accommodate the additional waste that your guests will create. Prevent problems by beginning this holiday season with an empty septic tank.

Insulate the Water Pipes

If you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, don't take chances with frozen water pipes. If your pipes burst during your holiday get-togethers, you could end up with a flooded house and displaced houseguests. Here are a couple of ways you can insulate your water pipes this winter.

Newspaper

Old newspapers create the perfect insulation for your water pipes. Wrap several sheets of newspaper around the pipes and then secure the paper with duct tape. The newspaper will protect your pipes and prevent winter freezing.

Spray Foam Insulation

If you've got exposed water pipes outside your home, you can protect them using spray foam insulation. Simply spray the insulating foam on the pipes and allow it to harden. The insulation will protect your exterior water pipes all winter long.

The holidays are almost here. Use the tips provided here to avoid emergency plumbing problems. For additional tips on how to avoid plumbing emergencies, be sure to speak to your plumber.