With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s likely your home will see an influx of guests over the next two months, which can put a strain on your plumbing system. Take a few minutes this week to prepare your home before the hustle and bustle of the holidays begin.
If you’re traveling for the holidays
- If you will be leaving your home for an extended period of time, consider turning off your water to avoid pipe problems, such as freezing.
- Wrap pipes to prevent freezing.
- Turn down your water heater to save energy while you’re gone.
If you’re entertaining for the holidays
- Check your plumbing fixtures for leaks. This includes all sinks, toilets, tubs, washing machines and other plumbing fixtures.
- Check for slow-draining sewers (the natural sign of a clog or problem).
- Keep in mind what you shouldn’t pour down the drain – such as grease, food, household chemicals, etc.
If you have a problem
The last thing a homeowner needs over a holiday is a problem with plumbing – which is likely a clogged sewer or leaking pipe. Be prepared by keeping the numbers for your service line warranty provider on hand, as well as a local plumber you know that has 24-hour and holiday service hours.
What happened to an Atlanta homeowner on Christmas Day
Dear Felicia (City of Atlanta Councilwoman),
On Christmas Day my sewer line backed up into my house and into my tub! I could not flush toilets or take a shower or wash dishes or clothes or even my hands. It turned out to be due to a clogged sewer line in my front yard. Thanks to you, I had the warranty and did not have to pay for the $2000 plus repair! Thank you! The warranty company (SLWA) had good customer service and the local plumbing company that they sent to do the work, Atlanta Plumbing Plus, WAS AMAZING! They did a wonderful job and were very respectful of my property (and my anxiety about the situation). Thank you so much Felicia for always looking out for us!
Homeowner, Atlanta, GA
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I didn’t know that you shouldn’t pour household chemicals down the drain. It makes sense that they could potentially damage something. From now on I will remember to stop draining chemicals down the sink.http://www.newportnewsvaplumbers.com