How to Refresh Your Home’s Plumbing After the Holidays
You know you need to prepare your home for incoming holiday guests, but you also need to make sure your home’s plumbing is in good condition after everyone has left. Sometimes you can do all of the right things to prevent a plumbing issue, but you can’t always prevent family and friends from taking over your home, or a mishap in the kitchen while preparing dinner, from wreaking havoc.
Overuse and misuse of your plumbing system can cause damage to your pipes, toilets, and water heater. The Bacon team knows how frustrating it could be to have any one of these issues in your home, let alone during and directly after holidays. If you find that you need a speedy replacement or repair, don’t hesitate to call Bacon! Additionally, we’ve gathered the most crucial tips about what to look for and how to refresh your home’s plumbing once the holiday party has ended.
While you might have taken every precaution to protect your disposal and pipes, such as properly disposing of grease, it’s difficult to keep track of every holiday guest and what they put down your drains. Grease, potato peels, and other foods can build up in your kitchen plumbing. Additionally, hair, bath oils, and other items can build up in your bathroom plumbing.
Excessive buildup of debris in your pipes can cause clogs and leaks. To make sure this didn’t happen in your home over the holidays, you should do a thorough inspection of your home. Signs of leaks include water stains, puddles of water, and musty smells near and around your walls. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to act fast because leaks can quickly get out of hand.
The faucet aerators are not frequently thought about when homeowners are taking care of their plumbing. Your faucet aerator screws into the tip of your faucet and provides a steady stream of water and air. Anything that gets caught in your faucet can cause debris to build up around your faucet’s aerators. If the faucet’s water is running slower than usual, it might be time to clean out your aerators. To clean the aerators, you should follow these steps:
- Loosen the aerator with a wrench or pliers (put a cloth over the cap so as not to damage it with the wrench).
- Take the cap off once it loosens.
- Take apart the aerator but remember the order of the parts so that you can put them back correctly.
- Flush the aerator screen and water restrictor with water.
- If necessary, use a needle to unclog smaller parts of the aerator screen.
- Reassemble the aerator and screw it back on to the faucet.
The amount of hot water needed in your home during the holidays can double or triple depending on how many guests you have. The extra hot water can cause your water heater to strain and possibly stop working all together. To ensure that your water heater is being properly taken care of, check to see if the temperature is set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit and no higher. Your water heater should also be flushed of debris at least once per year. This will help to prolong the life of your water heater and keep it functioning properly when you have guests over.
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Hosting friends and family for the holidays can be a lot of work, but Bacon can help maintain your plumbing system. If you have issues with any of the above plumbing components, call Bacon for a speedy and efficient plumbing repair. If you’re unsure, our plumbers can also perform thorough inspections of your plumbing to make sure everything is still working smoothly after the holidays.
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