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It is the holiday season, and people are busy preparing their presents and getting ready to welcome relatives and friends on Christmas Day. We would like to offer a friendly reminder to go easy on your plumbing system. Otherwise, it could take a beating during the holidays.

Keep Plumbing Happy for the Holidays

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There are many reasons that your plumbing system could falter during the holiday season. Grease and food waste from cooking can gum up the works. Also, out-of-town guests can put heavy strain on showers and toilets.

The holiday season is one of the busiest for the plumbing industry. Plumbing companies often get calls about a backed up sink or a backed up toilet.

Here are a few tips to prevent holiday plumbing problems:

  • Remind guests to treat the toilet kindly – Consider hanging a sign reminding people not to throw facial scrub pads, hair, cotton balls and other products into the toilet. Provide a trashcan in the bathroom, and remind guests that toilets should only be used to flush toilet paper.
  • Schedule showers – If you have a number of guests clamoring to use your shower, have them plan their showers in advance, allowing for 10 to 15 minutes in between. This can allow a slow drain to have adequate time to work efficiently before the next shower. It can also help distribute the use of the hot water.
  • Do not pour fats or cooking oil into the drain – Fats and cooking oil will solidify upon reaching the pipes, causing clogging. Wipe your pots and pans with a paper towel to absorb grease and toss the towels into the trashcans.
  • Do not throw fibrous waste into the garbage disposal – Stringy or fibrous waste, such as potato peels, celery and similar items, will clog your drain. They should be thrown into the trash instead of the garbage disposal.
  • Run cold water for 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposal – This will help flush the waste down the sewer line and avoid clogging.

Call us if you encounter a problem over the holidays. The team at Utah Rooter can get your system up and running before it puts a damper on your Christmas.