Holiday Plumbing Tips for a Happy Home

indoor plumbing2Having a happy holiday might also mean having a happy home. The holidays can be hard on your home’s plumbing between making food and having guests over, even if just for dinner. Before it’s time for friends and family to arrive and to start cooking a large feast, follow these plumbing tips for a happier home this holiday season.

Plumbing Tips to Prevent…


  • Toilet Trouble

Make sure your toilet flapper is in good condition to keep your toilet flushing and to stop it from running- a new flapper might do the trick. Keep your toilet from clogging by keeping out all items except toilet paper. A waste basket by the toilet will hopefully help your guests to throw objects away rather than flush them.

  • Drain Pains

Cleaning your drains regularly is a good idea any time of year and during the holidays especially. Baking soda and hot, near boiling water are natural ways to clean out your drain while eliminating odors. If you’re dealing with slow-draining sinks and clogs, call a pro. Drain cleaning completed by a plumber alleviates blockages within your pipes to keep them clog-free for a longer period of time.

  • Damaged Disposal

Fats, oils, and grease should be kept out of your garbage disposal since they are only liquids when hot and can cause a major clog when solid. The same goes for bones, large chunks of fruits or vegetables, peels, and stringy vegetables, which can wrap around disposal blades. Remember to put only small pieces of scraps down the sink at a time and run plenty of cold water to help prevent buildup.

With these tips and the help of a plumber for preventative maintenance, your plumbing will hopefully run smoothly for holiday parties, dinners, and overnight guests, and avoid one less mess. For all of your plumbing needs, remember, Gillece is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Happy holidays!


Image credit: Brook Hollow, ECLP

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Tom Gillece Sr. is the founder and president of Gillece Services in Pittsburgh, providing residential Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Waterproofing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1980, Gillece has helped homeowners with all of their emergency, maintenance, repair and replacement needs for more than 30 years. For the latest news and offers, Gillece can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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