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During the holidays, many of us will find extra people in our households. Extra people equates to extra water usage, which, of course, leads to extra stress on your plumbing and pipes. When you are dealing with family drama, you certainly don’t want to also be dealing with plumbing drama.

Below you will find some of the most common plumbing issues during the holidays and how to deal with them.

Clogged Toilets

Good food and extra people equals extra stress on the porcelain throne. One key preventative step is to have a wastebasket next to each toilet. Advise your family and friends to not flush tissues, baby wipes, etc. However, even preventative measures can’t stop all holiday toilet problems. It is definitely not a happy holiday when Cousin Craig yells out: “Toilet’s backed up!” Step one, tell Craig to grab the plunger. If the plunger does not save the day, check your tank. If the tank looks ok, you could try to use a coat hanger to break up the blockade (but we don’t recommend it). If the clog doesn’t get un-stuck, an over-flowing toilet could soon follow. Call the Plumb Doctor to cure Craig’s’ ills.

Broken Garage Disposal

We all know the holidays are synonymous with great food, and lots of it. This will inevitably lead to more and more food being put down your garbage disposal. The more stuffing that gets jammed down the disposal, the more likely it is to clog and/or break. One simple solution is to use your garbage disposal less during the holiday busy-times. Try composting, use your trash can, or maybe give your pets an extra treat. If Uncle Bob can’t live without using your garbage disposal, remember these basic tips: run plenty of water before, during, and after you use the disposal. Furthermore, being busy trying to prepare a delicious holiday meal for your family isn’t an excuse to put food down your garbage disposal that you normally wouldn’t – for example, don’t let your grandkids throw those potato skins down the disposal!

Dishwasher Won’t Drain

Big Holiday meals and extra guests leads to numerous loads of dishes getting done in the dishwasher. If your dishwasher won’t drain, you most likely have some food blocking the drain. First, you should bail out all of the excess water from your dishwasher. Second, make sure the kitchen sink is not clogged. Third, do not try and use drain cleaner on your dishwasher. Fourth, consult your dishwasher’s manual for further guidance on how to clear the blockage. Additionally, check these things: your sump pump, make sure the electrical is working properly, and the drain hose. Lastly, if you still haven’t solved the problem, call the Plumb Doctor for a proper consultation.

If you do find yourself suffering from family/holiday-related plumbing problems, call the Plumb Doctor!