Why It’s Important to Schedule a Plumbing Inspection Before the Holidays
It’s not just the malls that see an increase in customers on Black Friday. In the days immediately following Thanksgiving, plumbers are called to homes to address issues involving sinks, drains, and garbage disposals. Between all of the pre-feast prep work and the clean-up that ensues, your home’s plumbing takes a beating. Suddenly the sink won’t drain due to clogs, someone puts the wrong item in the garbage disposal, or carelessly loads the dishwasher without scraping the plates. There are plenty of scenarios which necessitate calling on a plumber over the holiday season.
Thanksgiving is just the beginning. Think about all of the holiday festivities and situations that call upon your plumbing in the days between the end of November and the beginning of January. You’re running from here to there, cooking, cleaning, planning for guests, baking for classroom parties, and attending or hosting gatherings and celebrations. The last thing you need at this busy holiday time is faulty plumbing.
Plumbing Inspections Offer Peace of Mind
Everyone knows the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and nowhere else does this apply as aptly as your plumbing during the holidays. You surely don’t want a plumbing emergency in the middle of a holiday party. The only way to prevent such a catastrophe is by scheduling a plumbing inspection early on.
Of course, as evidenced by Thanksgiving, the holiday season tends to be packed with plumbing distress calls. Scheduling a plumber to ensure your drains, toilets, sump pump, and garbage disposal are all operating as they should is very important. Getting on your plumbers calendar early on is essential to preventing embarrassing and costly disasters when you need your plumbing the most.
Inspections Help Prevent Plumbing Emergencies
When you have guests in your home for any length of time, your plumbing gets a work out. Hot showers, more flushes, and meal-prep combine to punish your pipes. Basements and crawlspaces can flood due to sump pump issues, water-heaters fail, and a garbage disposal can only take so much. Follow these guidelines to make certain you don’t have an emergency due to careless or reckless abuse of your plumbing:
- Know what to flush – It’s not just children who attempt to flush the unflushable. Let your guests know that baby wipes (even the ‘flushable’ ones), cotton balls, diapers, and feminine hygiene products should never be flushed down the toilet. Keep it simple—only flush toilet paper.
- Be kind to your disposal – Some people tend to equate “garbage disposal” with “wood chipper”. No matter what the horsepower of your garbage disposal may be, it’s not equipped to handle bones, fruit stones, and the like. Stringy items and even bay leaves can jam your disposal. When in doubt, toss such items in the trash can.
- Give your water heater a time out – If you have house guests, schedule showers and baths in order to give your water heater a rest.
- Prevent clogs the smart way – Grease, fats, and oils can clog a drain. Dispose of them in another manner. Also, advise guests to clean shower drains from hair and soap residue after each usage.
Contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited to Schedule Your Plumbing Inspection
So, before you pour another thing down that drain, flush that toilet, or run your disposal, have your plumbing inspected. HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited offers a whole range of plumbing services in and around Alexandria. From repair and installation to cleaning and sump pump services, HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited will keep your plumbing working worry-free over the holiday season. For your plumbing needs in Northern Virginia, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited.