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November 29,2018

How to Safeguard Your Plumbing System Over the Holidays

Your plumbing is put to the test all year long, but nothing places added strain on your drains and pipes more than the holidays. A combination of freezing temperatures and frequent family celebrations can put major stress on pipes, fixtures and appliances. Are you unsure if your plumbing is well maintained enough to make it through the winter months? The experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh enjoy helping our local Pennsylvania clients make the most out of their pipes through the coldest season, and we want you to have the same great results. Here are a few of the ways you can avoid unnecessary worry this winter.

Winterize Your Pipes

Winter can result in chaotic temperature changes, and each time the water in your pipes freeze and thaw, it can create sudden dips and spikes in air pressure. Under the right conditions, these sudden spikes in pressure can result in burst pipes, indoor floods, property damage and unexpected renovation costs. Insulating pipes can help control these temperature variations, and keep the water at a more balanced temperature.

Prepare Large Meals Carefully

Most homeowners know not to allow certain foods anywhere near their kitchen sink. Grease, oils, egg shells and coffee grounds are just a few of the items that will quickly clog up your sewer line. However, the holidays often bring with it several opportunities for entertaining large crowds. Whether youre preparing a Thanksgiving turkey feast, cooking a Hanukkah brisket, serving a Christmas Eve roast or hosting a New Years Eve cocktail party, theres a chance that your kitchen will be put into overdrive from mid-November through early January. Be extra careful when preparing food, or rinsing dishes. Dont let the wrong types of food make their way into your drain. Make sure helpful friends and family members are well versed about best practices and frequent cleanings with baking soda and vinegar can help keep your drains fresh. If you notice slow water drainage or backups, address the problem right away and remove the clog before a more challenging issue arises.

Make Sure Your Plumbing System Can Accommodate Overnight Guests

Family gatherings and overnight stays are also common during the holiday months. If you plan on hosting several late-night bashes or invite far off loved ones to a weeklong family reunion, be sure your home is ready for the onslaught of extra flushed toilets, showers and laundry cycles. This is particularly true for homes that use a septic system for waste disposal. Take care of all your maintenance needs ahead of any planned celebration. Necessary services may include an annual plumbing inspection, septic tank cleaning, clog removal, hydro jetting service, water heater hose replacement, leak repair and more.

Are Your Pipes Ready for the Holiday Season? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh

Do you plan on having an eventful winter? Prepare your plumbing system and avoid unnecessary stress and worry. Get the help you need from the certified, licensed and insured plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh. Our experienced residential and commercial plumbers are proud to serve property owners in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Bethel Park, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania and other metro area communities. Contact our office today to find out more or to schedule a convenient appointment.

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