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Why Plumbing Problems Always Seem to Happen During the Holidays

The 5 Most Common Plumbing Problems During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and—let’s be honest—plenty of plumbing problems. From clogged toilets to overflowing sinks, it seems like everything that can go wrong with your plumbing does go wrong when you have company over. We’re here to help you troubleshoot a few of the most common plumbing problems so you can enjoy your holidays stress-free.

Lower Water Pressure

This one is usually caused by a build-up of sediment in your home’s pipes. Over time, minerals in the water can create a crusty build-up inside your pipes, which restricts water flow and cause lower water pressure.

The best way to prevent this problem is to ask family and friends to wait at least 15 minutes in between showers to keep the water pressure steady. This method also works to keep your water hot by giving the water heater time to keep it heated.

Clogged Toilets

A clogged toilet is often the result of flushing things down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed—think wipes, sanitary products, and cotton balls. To avoid a holiday disaster, make sure your guests know what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet. And if you do end up with a clog, don’t reach for the drain cleaner! Instead, use a plunger or a toilet auger to clear the blockage without damaging your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t help unclog your toilet, our team at Prime Plumbing is here to unclog it for you.

Garbage Disposal Issues

Many people think that the garbage disposal is a catch-all for food scraps—but that’s not true! There are certain things that should never go down the garbage disposal, including grease, coffee grounds, bones, pumpkin parts, seeds, and fruit pits. These items can block up your disposal and cause serious plumbing problems. If you’re not sure what can go down the disposal, play it safe and throw it in the trash instead.

When your garbage disposal breaks down, there are some ways you can fix it. However, it’s always safer and easier to rely on a professional plumber to repair your broken disposal, so you aren’t burdened with costly repairs later if something goes wrong.

Overflowing Sinks

An overflowing sink is usually caused by a clog in the P-trap—the U-shaped pipe located beneath your sink that prevents sewer gas from entering your home. To unclog your P-trap, remove the hairpin clips that hold it together and clean out any collected debris. Once you’ve removed the clog, reassemble the P-trap and tighten the hairpin clips to prevent future overflows.

Leaky Faucets

A dripping faucet may seem like a minor annoyance, but it can actually waste a lot of water over time! If you have a leaky faucet, there’s likely an issue with the washer—a small rubber disc that helps create a watertight seal inside the faucet. This usually happens over time from wear and tear, however, with lot of guests in your household, the stress from frequent use and even overtightining when turning off the faucet can lead to a leaky faucet.

To fix a leaking faucet, simply unscrew the handle of the faucet and remove the washer. Replace it with a new washer of the same size and screw everything back into place. If this doesn’t solve your water leak problem, call your local plumbing professional.

Rely on Prime Plumbing for Holiday Plumbing

No one wants to deal with plumbing problems during the holidays—but unfortunately, they seem to happen more often than not! By being aware of common issues, you can hopefully avoid disaster this holiday season. And if something does go wrong? Call our team right away at (208) 209-7848! We’ll be able to help you troubleshoot any problem quickly and efficiently so you can get back to enjoying quality time with family and friends.

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