For plumbers, it’s busy season. The holidays are full of friends, family, and plumbing disasters. Even something as simple as a stuck garbage disposal can mean disaster this time of year, when you need everything in the home to function as it does every other day of the year.
When disaster strikes, call in a professional plumber to take care of the problem the right way the first time. You definitely don’t want the same problem to persist all through the holiday season simply because you didn’t have time to call the plumber…
…trust me, it will save you time, and money, if you just call the plumber the first time the problem arises.
However, there are some plumbing problems that you can attempt to fix DIY, if you have the time during the busy holiday season.
Here’s our list of the most common holiday plumbing issues and how to solve them:
Garbage Disposal Stuck
This is one of the most common issues this time of year. With turkey and bones ending up down the garbage disposal, as well as many other things that really shouldn’t be tossed down the drain, sometimes there’s an easy fix to a garbage disposal that just won’t turn on.
You’ll know it when you hear it…it sounds like the garbage disposal is getting power, there’s a low humming sound, but it’s just not spinning.
First, unplug the garbage disposal.
Second, check the drain for any items that might be stuck. Many times, the humming but no spinning means there is something hard and small stuck in between the outer wall and the blades. If you can dislodge the stuck item with a spoon handle, you’re problem is solved.
Third, if you can’t budge the disposal, grab an allen wrench and crawl beneath the sink. In the center, bottom of the garbage disposal is a slot for that allen wrench. Place the allen wrench into the slot and crank it as hard as you can.
This should dislodge anything that’s stuck and get the disposal spinning again. It might take some effort, but if you can get it turning you won’t have to call in a plumber.
First off, you need to know where you water shut off valve is behind the toilet. I can’t tell you how many times we get water damage calls during the holidays because of a simple clogged toilet that wouldn’t stop running.
Second, make sure that you have the right type of toilet plunger. Any plumber will tell you that there are different types of plungers for different jobs. A toilet plunger is just that – a plunger made specifically for clogged toilets.
Third, make sure the toilet is running properly before the holidays begin and people began using it in droves. This is when calling in a professional plumber might be a good idea…just to be safe.
Many times, especially if you have family staying with you, the hot water will run out faster then you can stand.
First, conserve hot water by doing laundry and running the dishwasher at night or during times of the day when no one will be showering.
Second, take faster showers.
Third, turn up the water heater to account for more people in the house. This is another area in which you’d want to call in a professional plumber.
The holiday season here in Arizona is busy because everyone wants to come to a place where the air is crisp and cool and beautiful. But remember, your plumbing needs to be ready for the influx of visitors!