If you're expecting out-of-town guests during the holidays, don't forget to get your plumbing ready. You don't want your visit to be interrupted by unexpected plumbing problems. The most important thing you can do is have your septic system serviced, especially if it's been a while since you had it emptied. Beyond that step, there are a few other things you can do to prevent plumbing troubles during the holidays. Here are four of the simple steps you can take to prep your plumbing for holiday guests.
Adjust the Temperature on Your Water Heater
If you're going to be having small children, or elderly guests during the holidays, you'll want to adjust the temperature on your water heater. Small children, and the elderly, have more delicate skin, which can leave them prone to hot water burns. The last thing you want is for your guests to be burned on the hot water that flows from your faucets and showers. Before your guests arrive, turn the temperature down a few degrees. Once they leave, you can turn the temperature back up to your preferred setting.
Place an Extra Trash Bucket Next to Your Kitchen Sink
You may know what's safe to toss down your garbage disposal, but that doesn't mean your guests will. Unfortunately, if the wrong kitchen waste goes into the garbage disposal, you could end up with a stubborn clog that will ruin your holiday festivities. Avoid the problem altogether by making it a "no garbage disposal" holiday. Simply place an extra trash bucket next to the sink, and use that instead of the garbage disposal. Your guests will see you using it, and follow your lead.
Get the Hard Water Deposits Off Your Shower Heads
If you're going to be having guests staying with you during the holidays, you want to make sure the water pressure in the showers is sufficient for their needs. If you've been neglecting your shower heads, now's the time to give them a good cleaning. One way to do that is with vinegar and lemon juice. Fill a plastic baggie with equal parts vinegar and lemon juice. Place the baggie over your shower head, and secure it with a large rubber band. Leave the baggie in place overnight. In the morning, remove the baggie, and scrub your shower head with an old toothbrush. The hard water deposits will be gone, and your water pressure will be restored.
Insulate Your Water Pipes
If you're expecting a winter freeze during the holidays, make sure your pipes are prepared. Before your guests arrive, insulate all your exposed water pipes. You can use supplies that you probably already have around your home to insulate all your pipes. Simply wrap your exposed pipes with remnants of your swimming pool noodles, newspapers, or old towels, and secure them with duct tape. Your pipes won't freeze, and you won't be left to deal with floods during your holiday parties.