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Plumbing Tips to Save Your Holiday Celebrations


The holidays are all about joy, laughter, and creating memories. But a plumbing mishap can turn your festive season into a stressful ordeal. Imagine a clogged sink just as you’re about to rinse the Thanksgiving turkey, or a faulty toilet when you have a house full of guests. Not the kind of memories anyone wants!  


Luckily, with a few preventive steps you can keep your holiday celebrations running smoothly. At Frank Gay Services, we’re all about making sure your home stays merry – plumbing included. 



Preventive Measures: The Key to a Smooth Holiday 


The best plumbing disasters are the ones that never happen. Here’s how to keep things flowing: 


  • Watch What Goes Down the Sink: Be careful with food scraps, oils, and fats. They’re notorious for clogging pipes. A good rule of thumb: if it’s not liquid at room temperature, it shouldn’t go down the drain.
  • Be Mindful of Your Garbage Disposal: It’s not a catch-all. Avoid fibrous foods, bones, and non-food items. Run cold water before and after using it to flush down any debris.
  • Prepare Your Pipes for Increased Usage: More guests mean more strain on your plumbing. A quick inspection for leaks or slow drains can save you a lot of trouble down the line. 


Guest-Proofing Your Plumbing 


To avoid any mishaps, a few proactive measures can make all the difference. Be sure there are ample trash bins in both the bathroom and kitchen. This simple step reduces the likelihood of items inadvertently ending up in your plumbing.  


And lastly, well before your guests arrive, you should check your water heater’s capacity. Ensuring it can handle the increased demand for hot water will keep your guests comfortable and your celebrations running smoothly. 



Common Holiday Plumbing Issues and How to Fix Them 


Even with the best preparations, things can go awry. Here’s how to tackle common problems: 


  • Clogged Sink: Start with a plunger. If that doesn’t work, try a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Avoid chemical cleaners as they can damage your pipes. 
  • Slow Draining Tub: Remove any visible blockage from the drain. A plunger or a plumber’s snake can also be effective in clearing out the clog. 
  • Running Toilet: Check the flapper inside the tank. It might just need a simple adjustment or replacement. 


When in doubt, give us a call! 



Emergency Plumbing Kit: Be Prepared 


Having a few essential tools can be a lifesaver: 



When to Call a Professional 


Some plumbing issues are beyond a quick DIY fix. If you’re facing persistent problems, unusual noises from your pipes, or if there’s water where it shouldn’t be, it’s time to call in the professionals. At Frank Gay, we’ve seen it all and fixed it all! 


Long-Term Plumbing Care 


The holidays are a good reminder that plumbing requires regular care. Year-round maintenance can prevent many common issues: 


  • Regularly check for leaks and drips. 
  • Clean out aerators on faucets to improve water flow. 
  • Schedule an annual inspection with a professional to keep your plumbing system in top shape. 



Getting Your Home Holiday-Ready with Frank Gay Services 


The key to avoiding plumbing disasters during the holidays is a mix of prevention, preparation, and knowing when to call in the experts. With these tips, you can focus on what truly matters – enjoying time with family and friends.  


Need help getting your plumbing ready for the holidays? Reach out to Frank Gay for any of your plumbing needs. We’ll make sure your home is ready to handle the holiday rush with ease and efficiency!  

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