The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and, let’s be honest, indulgence. From big family dinners to festive gatherings, our homes are abuzz with activity. However, amidst the merriment, our home’s plumbing often bears the brunt of the holiday cheer. Clogged drains and plumbing mishaps can turn a festive atmosphere into a plumbing emergency. But fear not; the Doctor is in, and we have some prescribed orders to ensure your holiday drains stay stress-free.
1. Stay Hydrated (Your Drains, That Is)
Just as doctors advise us to stay hydrated, it’s essential to keep your drains hydrated. Holiday cooking often results in a lot of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) entering the drains. These substances can solidify and create stubborn clogs. To prevent this, run hot water down the drain after each use. The hot water will help keep the FOG flowing smoothly through your pipes.
2. Watch What You Eat (and What You Put Down the Disposal)
A doctor might tell you to watch your diet, and we’re saying the same for your drains. Be cautious about what you send down the garbage disposal. Avoid hard, fibrous, or stringy foods like potato peels, celery, and poultry skin. Opt for smaller portions to avoid overwhelming your disposal, and always run plenty of cold water while using it.
3. Get Moving (Your Water, That Is)
Doctors advise regular exercise for a healthy body. Your plumbing needs movement, too. Make sure you use each drain in your home during the holidays. If a sink or drain goes unused for an extended period, it can allow sewer gases to enter your home. So, give every drain a workout.
5. Call in the Specialists
Sometimes, health issues require a specialist, and plumbing is no different. If you’re dealing with a persistent or severe drain issue, it’s time to call in the experts. Professional plumbers can diagnose and treat your plumbing ailments with precision, ensuring your drains remain healthy and clog-free.
6. Schedule a Yearly Checkup
Just as an annual checkup with your doctor can catch health issues early, scheduling yearly plumbing maintenance can prevent plumbing emergencies. Consider a pre-holiday plumbing checkup to ensure everything is in good working order before the season’s festivities begin.
By following these Doctor’s Orders for stress-free holiday drains, you can ensure that your home’s plumbing stays in tip-top shape throughout the holiday season. And remember, if a plumbing issue does arise, don’t hesitate to call in our Home Service Doctors for support. Your plumbing doctor is here to help, ensuring that your holiday celebrations are memorable for all the right reasons.