There’s no place like home for the holidays. Hosting holiday parties in your home can be an incredibly fulfilling experience even if it comes with a host of challenges. Do you have enough food for everyone? How will seating be arranged? Are there conversations that are off-topic for the evening? With those and other hosting concerns on your mind, you might not be thinking “What will I do if my sink gets clogged?” (though, to your credit, you might be, given that you’re reading this blog). Let’s take a look at some tips to help you avoid the stress of having plumbing problems right in the middle of a party.
The first tip is one you should follow at all times, not just during the holidays. Grease is the enemy of clean pipes. There’s a reason that the City of Winnipeg mandates that restaurants have grease traps. When liquid grease gets poured into your pipes, it will cool and become solid, thick, and sludgy, quickly creating clogs. Holiday cooking often involves some very greasy meals – think of all the fat that comes off of a turkey sized for all your relatives. Let all grease cool in a container and then throw it in the garbage.
Tip #2 is for those of you who have garbage disposals. Disposals tend to get overused at the best of times and in the holiday rush it can be tempting to just throw everything into the disposal and forget about it. That’s a really bad idea; disposals are made for handling small particles of food. Avoid using the disposal for any stringy foods like poultry skin or celery. Run cold water 15 seconds before and after you use the disposal; it helps flush the food down and prevents the disposal from getting overworked.
The third tip is all about preventing water from getting too cold for your guests. When hosting, you want to be sure to run your dishwasher a fair bit of time ahead of when your guests arrive – dishwashers use a lot of hot water. Equally, if possible, run your dishwasher again after most of your guests have left. This isn’t always possible – it can be good to have guests help out with the cleaning process, but if it is possible, they’ll be a bit more comfortable if there is hot water for them to wash their hands with.
Preventative maintenance is important for all homeowners and it involves ensuring that your plumbing is working properly before a big event. Winnipeg winters come with a host of plumbing challenges – mainly, making sure pipes don’t freeze. We have experienced residential plumbers in winnipeg you can call to ensure your plumbing is in tip-top shape. That way, if there are any changes that need to be made to your system to avoid plumbing problems during the holidays, you can make those changes now and avoid potential party disaster. We hope everything goes wonderfully for you this season – Happy Holidays!