The holidays will soon be here. It's time to start planning your family get-togethers. While you're making your plans, don't forget to take your plumbing into consideration, especially if you're going to be having a lot of guests in your home. Clogged drains are the last thing you want to deal with while you're hosting a party. Don't let clogged drains put a damper on your festivities. Here are three simple precautions you can take to keep your drains flowing smoothly.
Purchase a Sink Strainer
When it comes to preventing clogged drains one of the simplest things you can do is purchase – and use – a sink strainer. Sink strainers allow water to flow down the drains but traps everything else. Sink strainers are useful in kitchen and bathroom sinks because they're able to trap food particles, as well as hair and other debris.
Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal
If you're going to be doing a lot of cooking during the holidays, be kind to your garbage disposal. The first thing you should do is give your garbage disposal a thorough cleaning. Place 1 cup of baking soda down the drain and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Next, pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. The vinegar and baking soda will immediately begin to foam. The foaming action will clean the inside of the garbage disposal, as well as your drains. Allow the solution to foam for about 15 minutes and then flush the drain with hot water.
It's also important that you care for your garbage disposal while it's in use. Always allow the cold water to run while the garbage disposal is in operation. This will ensure that all of the food particles get washed through to the drains.
Keep a Waste Basket in the Bathroom
To prevent toilet clogs, be sure to provide your guests with a safe place to dispose of their non-human waste. Things like sanitary wipes, tampons, and sanitary napkins, and even Q-tips can cause serious clogs in your toilets. You can prevent those clogs by keeping waste baskets next to each toilet in your home. It's also helpful to leave a courteous note in each bathroom asking guests to utilize the wastebaskets for those items.
Now that you're planning for your holiday get-togethers, be sure you have a plan to keep your plumbing operational. The tips provided here will help you avoid stubborn clogs during your holiday parties. For other helpful tips on how to avoid clogs this holiday season, be sure to speak to a plumber like Walt's Plumbing.Share
5 October 2016
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