With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are hosting holiday gatherings at our homes and businesses. The last thing you need during such joyous occasions is for your home or business’s plumbing to give you problems. Unfortunately, holiday plumbing problems are all too common. In fact, there are five common sources of plumbing problems that make the holiday season a nightmare for homeowners and business owners.
What Are the 5 Most Common Sources of Holiday Plumbing Problems?
During the holidays, there are five appliances/fixtures in your home or business that are most commonly the source of plumbing problems:
- Toilets – There are three main issues you could encounter. First, your toilet can get clogged. This can happen because non-flushable items have been flushed down the toilet, the toilet trap is blocked, the plumbing vents are blocked, it’s a low flow toilet, or there’s something wrong with the main sewer line. Second, your toilet can run constantly. This issue usually happens because the flapper is stuck open, which could be because the chain attached to the flapper is twisted up or caught on something or the flapper is misaligned. It could also happen if there’s an issue with the floater (the balloon-like plastic device that floats in the water in the toilet tank). Finally, your toilet won’t flush. When this happens, it’s generally because there’s an issue with the water not running or there’s a problem with the flapper.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks – Bathroom and kitchen sink drains often give homeowners and businesses trouble during the holidays. This is because kitchen and bathroom sinks are being used more often by homeowners and their guests, which can lead to them developing clogs and not draining quickly or at all.
- Dishwashers – Dishwashers can become a source of holiday plumbing problems because with more cooking happening due to holiday gatherings and guests, dishwashers are put to work more often. This can put a strain on your dishwasher, leading to issues, such as drainage problems. Often, this is a simple fix. It could just be food waste blocking the drain. However, if that’s not the case, you may have to contact a plumber to fix it.
- Garbage Disposals – Like dishwashers, garbage disposals can be overworked during the holidays because you’re cooking more often for gatherings and guests. This can lead to the disposal getting clogged with an obstruction, parts wearing down resulting in electrical problems, or the motor wearing out. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of hitting the reset button. Other times, you may need to call a plumber or electrician for help.
- Showers and Bathtubs – In addition to hosting holiday gatherings, many people also have more overnight guests than normal during the holiday season. Guests usually include friends and family visiting from out of town. While it’s wonderful to temporarily share time with family and friends under one roof, with so many extra people using your home’s showers and tubs, it can result in more hair, soap, and other items clogging the drains.
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