Christmas is almost here. Your tree is up, your presents are all wrapped, and you’re already roasting that turducken even though they’re so 1986. Your family is gathered around the tree, just breaking into the second chorus of “Holly, Jolly Christmas” when it happens: pipes burst, water consumes the house and before you know it Granny Davis is yelling “Hop on! I’ll get us out of here!” as she motor-floats by on the half roasted turducken that she has, for some reason, named Tim.
Welp, that probably won’t happen. But Christmas plumbing emergencies happen all the time. That’s why this week we are going to take a step by step walkthrough on how to prevent plumbing emergencies this holiday season.
Clear Your Disposal
Now, not everyone has a garbage disposal and, if we were having a convo about this, I could ask you–but as this is the world wide web blogosphere, I have no idea who I’m talking and thus must cover all my bases. So, if you have one, send two cups of ice cubes and one cup of rock salt down into the disposal to clear up some of that sludge that has built up.
Prep For Guests
Perform some basic plumbing maintenance on all taps, toilets and showers that will be used over the holidays. Here’s a quick 3-step process: inspect your toilet/area for leaks, check that the water shut-off valve works smoothly, and ensure that the fill valve is working properly. As well, not everyone knows that the toilet is not a trash can. Give them a friendly reminder or, if that doesn’t work, having a nice screening of this video from the Niagara Region: