Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays? 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home's Plumbing for Guests
Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays? 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home's Plumbing for GuestsOctober 02 / 2015
The arrival of house guests isn’t just a threat to your refrigerator and pantry; it can also put a lot of pressure on your plumbing system. You may already have a lot on your plate between cleaning and stocking the refrigerator, but the preparation of your sinks, toilets and pipes are also a top priority. As a host, it’s important to think ahead and prepare your home to ensure your visitors enjoy their stay. If you plan to have house guests stay for an extended time, then there are a few things you can do right now to avoid awkward problems later.
- Install drain coverings: With more people using the sinks and showers, there will suddenly be a lot more debris being flushed down the drains. Put drain covers in the kitchen sink to control what passes through the pipe. Even if you have a garbage disposal, be sure you and your guests dispose of bulk food waste in the garbage can.
- Conduct a stress test: Test all of the faucets and drains in the house to make sure they are ready to go. Let the water run for a minute in the sinks and showers to test the drains. You should also flush all the toilets and listen for them to stop running at an appropriate time. Take this opportunity to check for leaks in nearby pipes.
- Clean the drains: Every home should have a professional drain cleaning on a regular basis to keep the system running smoothly. You can tackle the problem yourself by using a snake or home-made device to clear out wads of hair and other debris in the drain. The clutter can build up quickly and lead to a complete blockage under heavy use.
- Gather supplies: Stock your bathrooms with all the supplies your guests will need, including a plunger. Don’t forget to put a trash can in the bathroom, as this encourages them to throw things away instead of in the toilet.
- Maintain your fixtures: If you have a few tiny leaks, running toilets or other minor issues, now is the time to get them fixed. The extra strain placed on your plumbing by houseguests can make these problems worse. A burst water line or overflowing toilet is the last thing you should have worry about when you have visitors.