The holidays mean different things to different folks. For some of us, they’re a time of faith or reflection. For others, it’s a time to catch up on socializing and exchanging gifts. But at a time when so much feels uncertain, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of us are looking forward to grounding ourselves in quality time with friends and family. Since we want you to enjoy the season and your company rather than worrying about a messy plumbing emergency, we’re here to help with some simple advice from your favorite Sacramento plumbing pros.
Some plumbing problems escape notice easily because they’re so minor — until they’re not. That faucet with the slow drip, the shower head that’s slowed to a trickle, the toilet that needs an extra jiggle so the water stops running… the list goes on and on. Give your plumbing fixtures a once-over, and consider replacement plumbing fixtures or a new toilet installation if necessary.
Check Drain Screens
Every drain — kitchen and bathroom sinks, floor drains, even the utility sink in your laundry room or workshop — should have a drain screen to catch debris and keep it from clogging. If those screens are filthy (especially common with the mesh type) or otherwise ineffective, this is a good time to replace them.
Clean and Service Your Garbage Disposal
When they’re used properly, garbage disposals are helpful with kitchen cleanup. But you’re probably using your disposal incorrectly through no fault of your own. Make sure you’re not putting anything down the garbage disposal that doesn’t belong, and also make sure you get garbage disposal service before the holiday rush.
Even when you’re diligent about drain screens and careful with what you put down the drain, things still build up. The added holiday traffic is often a tipping point that leads to major clogs, so it’s a good idea to call us in for drain cleaning ahead of time.
Put Out Extra Trash Cans
At first glance, you may wonder what this has to do with plumbing. But let’s face it, a lot of extra trash is one of the few certainties of the holiday season. Putting out extra trash cans during gatherings can be a big help with everything from keeping your recycling sorted to easier cleanup during food prep (which means less food and grease down the drain) to a spot that ensures nothing gets flushed that shouldn’t (which means a lower chance of a toilet clog). It’s a small and cheap investment that can save you a lot of money on plumbing repairs!
Keep the Plunger Within Easy Reach
There’s a reason we call the day after Thanksgiving “Brown Friday.” ‘Nuff said.
So there you have it. Whether you’re preparing your plumbing for company or getting plumbing repair to deal with the aftermath, a quick call to Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning will help you set it right. Remember, we’re here 24/7 every day of the year, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!