Post-Christmas Plumbing Issues

Posted on: December 28th, 2016 by Ashton Service Group
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We have gotten through the Christmas holiday and hosting guests, holding dinners and parties. You may have been using your kitchen more often than normal and busy kitchens may equal more grease and food waste down the kitchen drain and garburator.

People are so caught up in the holiday madness that plumbing and heating issues are the very last thing on their minds. By taking a few precautions, homeowners can prevent clogs and blockages so they do not have to place an emergency call to a plumber.

A few items to pay attention to in the kitchen are:

<> Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain, as they will solidify in pipes and cause clogs. Instead wipe the grease from pots and pans with paper towels, and deposit the paper towels in the compost bin.

<> Run cold water for 15 seconds before and after using the garburator to help flush and move the waste down the main sewer line.

<> Make sure the garburator is running when you put food into it instead of waiting to turn it on after you have placed all the food down the sink.

<> Run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or during non-peak times during the day to conserve water temperature and pressure for your guests. Too much demand and usage of water through out the house will result in low pressure and lack of hot water for everyone.

In the bathroom:

<> Prevent plumbing problems by planning ahead and spreading showers throughout the day, and waiting 10 minutes between showers so that slow drains have time clear the water and your water heater has a chance to recover so the next person does not end up with a lukewarm/cold shower.

<> Never flush cotton balls or swabs, hair, facial scrub pads or similar items down the toilet, as they don’t dissolve and are responsible for most clogs. Provide a trash bin in all your bathrooms so guests have a place to dispose of these items.

If your home does have clogged pipes or toilet and all the plunging you have done is not making progress, feel free to give Ashton Service Group a call at 604-283-2383.

We have technicians on call 24/7, 365 days a year to take care of inconveniences like this.

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