The holidays are supposed to be an exciting and fun time of year that you spend with your family and friends. Unfortunately, many people end up worrying about their plumbing system due to the increased number of people that are at their homes. This leads to lots of clogged drains and toilets. Luckily, with the right advice, you can have a clog-free holiday season and truly enjoy the company of your friends and family. Here are four things to try to remember (and to try to get your guests to keep in mind).
1. Keep the Grease Out of Your Sink and Drains.
Remember at all costs that grease is not the good guy. Whether you are cooking bacon in the morning or deep-frying the turkey, the leftover grease should never be put down the sink drain. This is because once grease cools, it will begin to solidify. If the grease is deep inside of your drain, it will ruin the disposal. In some instances, it may even do damage to your pipes.
2. Consider Installing Mesh Screens over Your Drains.
These small screens can be lifesavers, as they will save small, unwanted particles (pieces of food) from making their way down into your drains. They can be removed from the drain and emptied once they get full or as often as you like. Now, if you don't want to go out and buy mesh drain screens, just put your noodle strainer in your sink to catch any food scraps that may be thrown into the sink. If you do end up buying the drain screens, though, make sure to buy enough to put in the bathtubs and showers, as drain screens are great for catching hairs that can easily clog your bathroom drains.
3. Keep a Trash Can Near the Toilet.
Some people don't have wastebaskets in their bathrooms and put everything down the toilets. Unfortunately, those people end up with clogged toilets and septic systems. Don't let this be you. Toilet clogs are often caused by flushed items that shouldn't have been put in the toilet in the first place, such as paper towels, facial tissues, cotton swabs, and so forth. So make sure that you always have a trash can in your bathroom, especially when you're planning on having guests over who may be tempted to throw their items in the toilet when there isn't a wastebasket present.
For more advice on how you can keep your home's plumbing system in tip-top shape during the holiday season as well as year-round, get in touch with a local plumbing professional such as Jarrach Cesspools.