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As the holiday season approaches, our homes become bustling centers of activity. While preparing for festive gatherings and delicious meals, it is easy to forget your plumbing system. However, increased water usage and the strain on your pipes can lead to unwanted issues. To ensure a seamless and stress-free holiday season, preparing your plumbing in advance is essential because Plumbers on Cape Cod can be tough to get during this busy season. Let us discuss things you can do to ensure your plumbing is holiday-ready.

  1. Test Your Drains: With the holiday season comes a significant increase in cooking and cleaning. Before your kitchen and bathroom sinks are put to the test, make sure they are draining properly. Slow or clogged drains can lead to backups and inconvenience during your holiday gatherings. Using our Bio-One drain cleaner solution for drain maintenance throughout the year helps gradually break down buildup to prevent clogging. Call us for assistance for more stubborn clogs that do not break down. Consider using drain strainers to catch food scraps and debris before they go down.  
  2. Know What Not to Put Down Your Drains: To prevent clogs and damage to your plumbing, avoid putting the following items down your drains:
  • Cooking oils and grease
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Diapers, wipes, and feminine products
  • Paper towels

3. Adjust Your Water Heater: Holiday guests mean extra showers, laundry, and dishwashing. Ensure your water heater can handle the increased demand by adjusting the temperature and performing basic maintenance. Regularly servicing the tank can prevent sediment buildup, improve efficiency, and extend the water heater’s lifespan.

4. Proper Winterization: We know how tempting it is to have your outside shower operational when you have extra people in your home. But Cape Cod temperatures can drop quickly and unexpectedly. Ensuring your outside shower and spigots are properly winterized will help prevent burst pipes, saving you money and a big headache.

5. Boiler Maintenance: A boiler is essential to your home’s heating system and provides warmth and comfort during the colder months. Making sure it is properly serviced protects against heating emergencies. Nothing is worse than experiencing a heating emergency with a house full of guests during a holiday gathering and having to find emergency Cape Cod plumbers. The best way to ensure your boiler operates efficiently and safely is to schedule regular inspections. A plumber can identify any potential problems and recommend necessary repairs or replacements. Regular inspections can also help extend your boiler’s life and prevent costly breakdowns.

By following these five essential plumbing tips, you can ensure a trouble-free holiday season. A little preparation can go a long way in preventing plumbing issues that could damage your festivities. With your plumbing system in top shape and knowing what not to put down your drains, you can focus on enjoying quality time with family and friends during this special time of year.

Phone: 508-775-6670

Email: cmurphy@plumberscapecod.com

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