The worst kind of holiday surprise is a plumbing emergency requiring a licensed Los Angeles plumber to show up at your residence because your guests can’t wash their hands, take a shower or go to the bathroom!
As much as you try to avoid holiday stress, a Los Angeles plumbing problem can instantly ruin your baking, cleaning or entertaining with friends and family.
But you can minimize the likelihood of having an embarrassing plumbing mess in the first place by following our “do-it-yourself” plumbing maintenance tips.
Our team of licensed Los Angeles plumbers compiled these holiday plumbing tips to raise awareness among homeowners to avoid costly plumbing repairs that can ruin a family celebration.
At Coast to Coast Plumbing Los Angeles, we hope you remember and share our holiday plumbing tips to enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s better to be safe than sorry you overlooked or ignored your plumbing system, especially if you anticipate more people than usual to use your showers, sinks and toilets.
Faucets and Sinks
Did you know that a leaky faucet dripping 20 times per minute would waste 1 gallon of water per day?
- Repair leaky faucets right away to avoid expensive water bills and unnecessary damage to your fixtures and pipes.
- Check under your kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks for water moisture or small leaks.
- Don’t forget to remove and clean your faucet aerators to ensure even water flow.
- Check the overflow holes on tubs and vanity appliances are open and clear to prevent any water damage to floors and ceilings.
Before doing any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the power, and read your owner’s manual.
- Drain water from the tank. Over time sediment builds at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance, and draining a gallon or so helps remove the sediment.
- Inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact one of our Los Angeles water heater repair experts to check it out.
- Check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.
Did you know that a running toilet can burn through 25,000 gallons a month or more?
- Check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, you should replace the tank ball.
- Check all your tubs and shower drains have a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer.
- Don’t rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or toilets. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
- Don’t use caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them. If you can’t snake the drain yourself, contact one of our Los Angeles drain cleaning experts to do so.
To avoid your garbage disposal from freezing up or burning its motor during the holiday season, follow these tips to extend its life.
- Use plenty of cold water when running it.
- Don’t overload it.
- Don’t dispose of things like bones or corn husks.
- Don’t use a caustic drain opener.