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It’s that time of year and your home is bound to be a mecca of increased plumbing usage with potential holiday parties, out-of-town-guests, and double-time cooking and baking. Take precaution and prevent plumbing emergencies – don’t throw a wrench in your holiday spirit!

Clean-Out the Drains for Out-of -Towners
Many of us offer our home to out of town friends and loved ones during this time of year. The increased traffic can wreak accidental havoc on your plumbing if you don’t take precautions. It’s a good idea to purchase a drain cleaner before guests arrive to poor down frequently used sinks to clear-out any build-up.

Post a Bathroom Sign for Guests
Putting a bathroom sign for party and house guests in the most commonly bathroom can be helpful in preventing people from throwing paper towels or sanitary items. Something along the lines of…

“Please flush toilet paper only. Dispose of all other items in the trash (i.e. paper towels, sanitary items, cotton balls, dental floss etc..). Thank you!”

Drain Covers
Another great tip is to have drain covers in the kitchen to catch food debris, and in the shower/tubs to catch hair and soap residue.

Prevent Kitchen Sink Headaches
A lot of us kick our cooking and baking into high-gear during the holidays. With our to-do lists more than doubling it can be easy to forget our daily responsibilities and precautions. Make sure to dispose of cooking grease and food debris such as excess flour, cookie or pie dough, and chicken, turkey or fish bones in the trash, not your kitchen sink! These items can accidentally find their way into your disposer and cause a major clog. As mentioned above, get a drain cover to prevent these items from going down the drain. For friends, family to even caterers who will be spending time in your kitchen, make sure to extend a verbal precaution to them as well.

Keep your holiday season bright with these preventative tips to keep your home plumbing running smoothly! But remember, if you do encounter a clog or major problem, save yourself the additional stress and call a professional to fix the problem promptly.

Arch Plumbing is located in St Charles, Missouri and has been in the service business since 2008 providing quality plumbing services.

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