Keeping Plumbing Mishaps Out Of Your Holiday Celebration

The holiday season is perfect for spending time with family and friends, hosting dinner at your home and seeing relatives who might live far away. Your plumbing system works for you tirelessly all year long, and you probably don't think much about it until it's giving you trouble. Combining plumbing problems with holiday visitors is a recipe for a disaster. Check out these ways to prevent plumbing mishaps during the holiday season.

Check Your Maintenance Records

If you have a septic system, it is a good idea to check when the last time you had it serviced was. The worst time to have the septic system back up is when you have a house full of visitors! Take a look at this table to find out whether you're due (or overdue!) and make arrangements to have the septic pumped before your visitors begin arriving. Not only will you save everyone the discomfort of having non-working toilets, but you'll save money if you can avoid an emergency call during the holidays.

Don't Overwork Your Garbage Disposal

If you are hosting a big dinner or party, you will probably have a lot more food waste than you otherwise would. Trying to stuff everything down the disposal at once is a good way to break the unit. While being without a garbage disposal is not really a plumbing emergency, it is an inconvenience, and it can affect the sink that it's attached to as well. Run the disposal moderately and keep an eye on children in particular so they don't put bones or silverware down the appliance. It might be best to simply throw away food waste during holiday gatherings to avoid a problem.

Watch Younger Guests Carefully

If you don't have young children, you're probably unaccustomed to watching carefully to be sure that little ones don't flush toys, full rolls of toilet paper or other objects down the toilet. While the parents of toddlers should be vigilant for this type of behavior, they might be distracted.  Also, children who have never played with the toilet before might be tempted when a new toilet belonging to someone else is involved. If you are hosting very small children, keep the bathroom door closed. Not only will this prevent toilet-flushing catastrophes, but it will also keep kids safe from drowning.

The holiday season is not the time when you especially want to call a plumber, but if it comes down to it, it's good to know who is available on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other major holidays. Ask your regular plumber ahead of time if he or she is available in case of emergency; if not, ask your friends for a recommendation. With any luck, you won't have to make use of the information, but it never hurts to be prepared. To check your plumbing system for problems before the holidays, contact a business such as Mildren Plumbing Inc