The holidays are the perfect time for family and friends to gather in celebration. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, holiday festivities keep everyone busy cooking, cleaning, and visiting loved ones. But all this extra activity can put some serious strain on your plumbing.
As a family-business that has proudly served the greater Seattle area since 1977, your family’s holiday experience is very important to us. At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we use a combination of tried and true plumbing methods along with the latest technology to quickly resolve inconvenient and embarrassing plumbing problems in Seattle during the holidays.
Here are five common and embarrassing holiday plumbing headaches with easy, quick solutions.
Not enough hot water
Hosting guests means extra baths, showers, and laundry, which puts you at risk of running out of hot water. How embarrassing! To keep up with the increased demand for hot water, try turning up your water heater to temporarily boost the capacity. Keep the temperature at 125 degrees or below to prevent the possibility of burns and scalding. If you really want to save yourself the frustration of running out of hot water, why not consider installing a tankless water heater?
Wobbly toilet handles
You should never have to “warn” your guests about your loose toilet handle! If the chain attached to your toilet handle is too loose and has too much slack, it can cause the handle to feel loose. This prevents the toilet from properly flushing by allowing it to run continuously. This happens when the loose chain slides under the flapper and water continues to flow into the bowl. This can easily be fixed by simply cutting away the excess length of chain to keep it taut, something that we can quickly fix before your guests arrive. A damaged or worn flapper can also cause flushing issues.
Clogging a toilet can be downright awkward for everyone! A clogged toilet is usually caused by waste that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet such as paper towels, sanitary napkins, cotton balls, and even wipes marketed as flushable.
These items should always be thrown in the trash, so be sure to keep a small waste basket close to the toilet for easy and safe disposal. Remember to always have a plunger ready just in a clog happens despite taking these measures. A toilet that clogs over and over again could have a damaged flapper that only partially opens when flushed or may not be set at the proper water level.
Shower drains should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent an accumulation of hair and soap residue from forming a clog. Failure to do so can cause a backup of shower water that takes forever to drain completely. Not only is this pretty gross, but it can be a real turn off for your guests! Be sure to this before your guests arrive to prevent an unpleasant shower experience. For a little help, consider using a drain mesh or screen to stop hair and debris from getting washed down the drain.
Garbage disposal problems
Believe it or not, garbage disposals are not indestructible! Seemingly harmless food and kitchen waste such as fat, grease, oil, and even potato peels can actually be quite damaging and can cause clogs or even a broken garbage disposal. Solidify fat before throwing it in the garbage and always dispose of hard, fibrous or starchy waste in the trash or compost as these are waste you should not put down your garbage disposal. Be sure to always run cold water while your garbage disposal is on. Unpleasant odors can be remedied with common household ingredients such as citrus peels, table salt, vinegar, and even ice! Consider buying an eco-friendly drain cleaning for odors that just won’t go away.
Time with your family and loved ones is precious during the holiday season, which is why we’re so committed to quickly resolving your holiday plumbing problems. Our licensed and professional Seattle plumbing experts are only a phone call away!