plumbing problems

Families, fun, and food are big parts of the holiday season. Unfortunately, the holidays sometimes bring plumbing problems too.

Did you know that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for plumbers? That’s because preparing large meals for feasting, having guests over, and many other holiday activities can add stress to your home’s pipes and fixtures.

If Kris Kringle visits your house on a surfboard instead of his sleigh this year, you can minimize water damage to your home by following these tips:

Know how to turn off your water supply

In a plumbing emergency, it’s important to know how to shut off the water so that it doesn’t flood your home. Simply knowing how to shut off the main water supply to your home can mean the difference between a harmless puddle of water and extensive water damage to your home.

Service your garbage disposal before the holiday season begins

If you’re going to do a lot of cooking and entertaining at your home, you can be sure that your garbage disposal will get a lot of use. You can clean and sharpen the disposal blades by dropping a few ice cubes down your disposal. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, and hot water will keep your disposal and drain cleaner to get it in the best possible shape before the cooking blitz begins.

Run your dishwasher and washing machines at night

While guests are visiting, you might want to avoid running your dishwasher and your clothes washer during the day. Running your wash at night will put less stress on your water supply and plumbing fixtures like toilets and showers when they are being heavily used by guests during the day.

Regularly inspect bathrooms while guests are visiting

The most common cause of clogs and floods in the bathroom comes from hair in the sink, shower, or bathtub. Take a few moments to clean the hair and other gunk out of your sinks when giving the bathrooms a quick once-over. When you’re cleaning out drains and inspecting your bathroom plumbing fixtures, you should also make sure there are trash cans in the bathroom for guests to use. If there aren’t any trash cans, guests may be tempted to flush garbage down the toilet and create a clog risk.

Keep some drain cleaner on hand

No matter how well you prepare, you might still experience a clog. Keep a non-corrosive drain cleaner and a plumber’s friend on hard so that you’re prepared and able to unclog your drains even if all the stores in your area are closed for the holiday.

If you find an unwanted indoor pool under your tree this year. Get the water cleaned up and give us a call. The Sands Enterprises crew are licensed insurance adjusters and can quickly determine if you’ll need to file an insurance claim, or can make repairs without making a claim.

Our answering service is always on call. (803) 520-6154.

If you’re in need of a home restoration company in Lexington this holiday season, look no further than Sands. We specialize in home damage restoration, including:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire restoration
  • Flood restoration