With summer just around the corner, it's time to start making preparations for the get-togethers. Having family and friends over for BBQ's is a great way to spend the summer. Unfortunately, your plumbing doesn't always appreciate the added work. The last thing you want is to have a plumbing emergency spoil your summer get-togethers. Here are three easy steps you can take to avoid plumbing emergencies.
Prep the Bathroom
If you're going to have guests in your bathrooms, take precautions to avoid clogs and overflows. The first thing you need to do is clear your toilet tank. All those small items are potential problems for your toilet, especially if they fall in during a flush. Second, place a small trash can next to the toilet. This will remind guests that tissues and baby wipes belong in the trash and not in the toilet. Third, leave a toilet plunger in the bathroom for emergency use. Finally, know where the shut-off valve for the toilet is located. This will come in handy if you have an overflow situation.
Avoid Kitchen Disasters
Your kitchen is another room in the house that can be prone to summertime plumbing emergencies, especially when you're busy preparing food for your guests. Before your guests arrive, get your kitchen ready for the hustle and bustle. First, deodorize your drain to remove odors. Place a cup of crushed ice in the disposal side of your sink. Add a few slices of fresh lemon. Pulse your garbage disposal for several seconds and then flush with hot water. The ice and lemons will clean your kitchen drain to prevent foul odors. Finally, place a small container next to your kitchen sink to collect any leftover grease you may have. This will prevent grease clogs while you're entertaining your guests. It's also a good idea to keep a small plunger under your kitchen sink. Having a plunger nearby will help you get to the clog quickly.
Clean the Drains
Clogs and foul odors can wreak havoc on a get-together. To help prevent those problems, you should have your drains professionally cleaned before the summer arrives. A professional drain cleaning will remove all the gunk and debris that's been building up inside your drains all year.
Now that you're preparing for your summer get-togethers take the time to prep your plumbing. The tips provided here will help you avoid plumbing problems while you're entertaining your guests. To learn more, contact a company like AAA Home Services