Preparing Your Home for the Holidays
When you’re busy decking the halls and picking out the perfect set of matching pajamas for your holiday card photo, plumbing is the last thing on your mind. Leading up to the holidays, we tend to focus on preparing menus and getting your home mother-in-law clean before the guests arrive. But if you want to be truly prepared, consider these often-overlooked preps for a stress-free holiday.
Prep your drains
When the guests arrive, you want the aroma of a delicious roast wafting through your house, not a funky smell coming from the kitchen sink! Your garbage disposal works overtime at this time of year, so be sure it not only works well but doesn’t draw attention due to odor. Luckily, we know a thing or two about drain cleaning. Find simple ways to clean your disposal, keep odor away, and avoid a kitchen sink mishap here.
Prep your faucets
If you’re pinching pennies to buy gifts, take a closer look at your home budget. According to the EPA, fixing a leaky faucet can save up to 10% on water bills. Putting an end to the drip-drip-drip might save you a bit of sanity, too. And who couldn’t use a little extra sanity during the holidays? If you just can’t find the extra time to fix it yourself, don’t worry, the professionals can help!
Prep your bathroom plumbing
Although we’d rather not talk about it, the fact is that your home’s toilets work double time during the holiday season. More guests equal more trips to the bathroom. Avoid an embarrassing situation by ensuring that your bathroom drain is cleared. Here are some simple DIY tips.
Prep your pipes
This time of year guarantees a drop in outside temperatures. While we might not always have snow here in St. Louis, pipes don’t need snowy conditions to freeze. Pipes in unheated spaces like attics, crawl spaces, and even your basement can be subject to expansion and sometimes breakage whether or not we have a winter wonderland. Worried that your pipes are frozen? Here are a few tell-tale signs.
Prep your water heater
Overnight guests mean your home will use more hot water during the holidays. If you’re having trouble keeping up, the problem could be any one of these. Remember to check the temperature you’ve set on your water heater, too. If you’ve got little ones in the house, it’s a good idea to lower the temperature a bit to protect them.
Between holiday parties, shopping, and work the last thing you want to worry about is a housing disaster. No matter what the holiday season, we’ve got your back! Maplewood Plumbing has proudly served St. Louis and the surrounding communities for over 30 years. We offer full-spectrum plumbing-solutions, from drain cleaning to full remodels. If you have questions about your home’s plumbing, contact us today.
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