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If you’re hosting family this holiday season, you will likely have a lot of preparations to make. In addition to cleaning your home and planning the meals, you’ll need to make sure your home’s infrastructure can accommodate your guests’ needs. Without the right preparation, you could face some costly plumbing repairs. Here are a few plumbing maintenance tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:
Examine Your Water Heater
Having more people in your house means more toilet flushes and showers. If you have a septic system, you might consider having your tank pumped so it can accommodate the extra water volume. It’s also a good idea to have a professional inspect your water heater for signs of malfunction. Instead of showering one after the other, ask your guests to stagger their showers throughout the day to reduce the strain on your water heater.
Watch What Your Flush
Since more people will be using your toilets during the holiday season, there will be a greater chance of a malfunction. Make sure everyone—especially the children—understands that toilet paper and human waste are the only things that should be flushed down the toilet. You should also make sure that no one flushes grease or large food scraps down your kitchen drain.
Don’t Abuse the Garbage Disposal
There’s a good chance that you’ll have plenty of leftovers after your holiday feasts. Though you and your guests will probably eat most of these leftovers, you may end up throwing some away. Running the garbage disposal may be a simple and easy solution, but using it too often can cause it to malfunction. Remember to compose or throw away bones, egg shells, stringy foods, and grease. When you use your garbage disposal, be sure to chop items into small pieces.
If you have any questions about how to keep your plumbing in good shape this holiday season, call Rapid Rooter Plumbing of Sacramento at (916) 248-8783. Our plumbing experts are thoroughly trained to provide swift and effective drain cleaning and sewer repair.
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Though most people use the toilet every day, relatively few people actually know how it works. As a homeowner, it’s a good idea for you to become familiar with your toilet’s basic function so you know what to do when something goes wrong.
This video offers an introduction to how toilets work. Water flows into the toilet tank through the supply valve, then stops once it reaches a certain level. When you push down the lever, a chain opens the flapper and causes water to flow into the toilet bowl. Once the flapper closes, the supply valve replenishes the water in the tank.
The next time something goes wrong with your toilet, call Rapid Rooter Plumbing at (916) 248-8783. We’re proud to provide drain repair, sewer repair, and other plumbing services throughout the Sacramento area.
Last updated 15 days ago
Although pipe freezing is a rare occurrence in the Sacramento/Bay Area, the damage from one of these fluke disasters can cost thousands of dollars to repair. To protect your home and your wallet from the effects of a frozen water pipe, take steps to protect your plumbing system during the cold winter months.
Some easy things you can do keep your pipes from freezing include opening cabinets below sinks to circulate heat and disconnecting water hoses outside. You should also know where the water shut off valve is located in case of a plumbing emergency. For more tips on keeping your pipes from freezing during the winter, check out this short news clip.
No matter the time of day or night, Rapid Rooter Plumbing of Sacramento is here to help in the event of a plumbing emergency. With 24/7 emergency plumbing services, Rapid Rooter Plumbing is the plumbing expert you can trust when the unexpected happens. Call us today at (916) 248-8783 to set up a plumbing appointment.
Last updated 21 days ago
Have you noticed a foul odor coming from one or more drain traps around your home? If so, you could be dealing with a “dry trap.” Kitchen and bath drains that get frequent use are usually full of water, but basement floor drains can dry out, allowing sewer gas to seep in. In order to prevent dry traps and the accompanying odor, fill basement floor traps and other infrequently used drain traps around your home with a quart of water and a couple tablespoons of cooking oil. The oil will float on top of the water, sealing it against evaporation.
From foul-smelling drains to serious plumbing emergencies, Rapid Rooter Plumbing of Sacramento is here for you. We provide residential and commercial plumbing services throughout the Greater Sacramento area. If you would like to learn more about our plumbing services, visit our website or call us at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 23 days ago
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