COON RAPIDS, Minn.
- Nov. 19, 2018
-- Thanksgiving is this week with Christmas and New Year's Day just around the corner. With the busy holiday season often comes extra cooking and more guests in the house. Many homeowners find themselves needing an emergency plumber this time of year. No one wants a plumbing disaster with everything else going on. As an emergency plumber for the Twin Cities area, All Ways Drains wants to provide some tips to hopefully avoid a plumbing emergency.
One of the most common plumbing issues during the busy holiday season is a clogged drain or pipe. Extra cooking in the kitchen means more food scraps. If these are put down the sink, they can often create a clog. Some of the more common foods that tend to clog a drain include pasta, rice, egg shells, grease, potato skins, banana peels, celery and coffee grounds. These items should be thrown in the trash rather than washed down the drain. It's also a good idea to run hot water down the kitchen sink after preparing dinner or doing the dishes to make sure the pipes are clear.
Sink or shower clogs can also be an issue when more people are using them. This means more hair and other materials that can cause a clog. If a clog happens, there are a few things homeowners can try before calling in a plumber. A wire hanger can be bent and used to pull out hair that may be clogging the pipe. One can also try pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. The fizzing action can help remove grime. If home remedies don't seem to help, homeowners should call a professional plumber to clear the drain with a snake or hydro jetting.
Toilet clogs are another common plumbing issue when more people are in the house. It's important to let family and guest know that only waste and toilet paper should be flushed. Baby wipes, "flushable" wipes, napkins, feminine products, cotton balls as well as many other items should not go down the toilet.
Depending on the temperatures, frozen pipes can also be an issue during the holiday season. Pipes in unheated basements, attics, garages or crawl spaces are most at risk for freezing. Homeowners can avoid frozen pipes by making sure the home is properly insulated, turning off outside pipes no longer in use and leaving the heat on when gone for an extended period of time.
All Ways Drain is a residential, commercial and industrial plumbing company serving Coon Rapids and the entire Twin Cities area. They specialize in drain cleaning, sewer repair, pipe replacement and other general plumbing. They can also help with kitchen and bathroom remodeling and are available when a plumbing emergency arises. For more information on ways to avoid a plumbing emergency this holiday season, visit the blog at https://www.allwaysdrains.com/avoid-these-holiday-plumbing-emergencies-coon-rapids/