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Tips That Can Help You Avoid Holiday Plumbing Problems

The holiday season is a special time in Corvallis. Many people gather with friends and family during this time, often enjoying delicious feasts. If you’re planning on hosting an event this upcoming season, you really don’t want to have to deal with an unexpected plumbing issue. Follow these tips so that everything can go smoothly.

Don’t Treat Your Sink Like a Trash Can

Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, you shouldn’t act as if your sink is a garbage can. It simply can’t handle large chunks of food in its drain, and garbage disposals aren’t great with sticky or hard items. Grease is also very bad for your drain. It may be liquid when it’s hot, but as it cools, it can congeal. Most of us know that oily residue is hard to get off of our hands and dishes, so just imagine how hard it would be to remove it from the inside of a drain.

To protect your kitchen sink, which is definitely going to get a lot of use during the holidays, scrape your dishes off in the actual trash can, and be sure to dispose of grease properly. You could pour grease into a container and then throw the container away, you could wipe it up with paper towels or some other paper product, or you could let in congeal in the pan or pot and then scrape it off.

Toilets Aren’t Trash Cans Either

Toilets are only for waste and toilet paper — nothing else. Paper towels, feminine products, and wipes (even the ones that are “flushable”) should be disposed of in the trash can and not the toilet. This can help you prevent toilets from clogging.

Make Sure Your Water Heater Is in Good Shape

When the weather gets rainy and cold in Corvallis, it’s always nice to be able to take a hot shower. How would you feel if you went to turn on the water and it was ice cold? You certainly don’t want your guests experiencing that either. During the holidays, our water heaters are put to the test. Long, hot showers and the extra loads going through the dishwasher and washing machine can use up a considerable amount of water.

You can have your water heater flushed before the winter comes. This process can remove any sediment that may have built up in your tank or heating chamber. Sediment can interfere with the efficiency of a water heater, and that’s why it’s a smart idea to have your system flushed about once a year. At EvenFlo Plumbing, we’d be happy to help you with this task.

Being gentle with your plumbing system and being proactive about maintaining your water heater can help you avoid plumbing problems this holiday season. Contact EvenFlo Plumbing if you need our assistance with anything.

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