Shopping for last-minute gifts, preparing large meals for the whole family to enjoy and having the kids home from school all contribute to making the holiday season a hectic time of year. Pair that with lack of patience and poor decisions and you can easily find yourself in the midst of a plumbing disaster. So before you find yourself ready to rip your hair out, avoid these common holiday plumbing mistakes:
Throwing stringy foods down the garbage disposal. Sure, it might be easier to toss things like celery scraps and leftover spaghetti down the drain instead of walking it over to the garbage can, but doing so can cause your disposal to malfunction.
Pouring fats and oils down the drain. Again, it’s easier to pour these items down the sink drain especially when you’re crunched for time, but doing so could lead to severe problems in the near future. Keep an empty jar nearby and dispose of grease and oil that way.
Flushing toiletries and other common bathroom items. Cotton swabs, cotton balls, dental floss and hygiene products should NEVER be flushed down the toilet. These items all have tendencies to clog the line and with family and friends staying over you’re going to need all of your bathrooms up and running.
Falling into the trap of thinking that “flushable” wipes are in fact, flushable. Even though it says they are safe for flushing on the label, we strongly discourage this action. Just like toiletries, wipes can easily clog the line and therefore should be tossed in the trash instead.
Not using a drain strainer in the showers. Hair and dirt combined make for a drain’s worst enemy. Be sure to use drain strainers in each of the bathtubs and showers to prevent them from backing up.
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