How to Avoid Christmas Plumbing Catastrophes

With Christmas just a few short days away, the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a plumbing catastrophe. Whether you are hosting a houseful guests or just enjoying a quiet holiday at home with your immediate family, there are several things you can do to prevent plumbing problems this holiday season. Keep reading to discover how you can avoid Christmas plumbing nightmares.

Preventing Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Your bathroom will likely see increased use this holiday season, especially if you are hosting guests. Encourage those guests not to use your toilet as a trash can by placing a small bin in the bathroom. Remind young children that nothing should ever be flushed other than human waste and toilet paper.

Make sure there is a plunger in each bathroom. They made dealing with minor clogs a breeze and can help you avoid a visit from a plumber.

Install screens in shower and tub drains to catch hair and prevent it from entering your pipes.

Space out baths and showers to avoid running out of water. You may also want to consider turning the temperature up a few degrees to help avoid running out of hot water. Just remember not to

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turn it up to scalding temperatures.

Avoiding Kitchen Catastrophes

Your kitchen is the other room that likely sees increased use during the holiday season. If you have a garbage disposal, remember to avoid putting in fibrous foods, bones, grease and non-food items. Flush with cold water after each use.

Never pour grease, oil or fat down your drains. Doing so is a good way to cause disgusting clogs that can really put a damper on your day.

Install a screen on your sink drain. This prevents non-food items from finding their way into your drains and causing clogs.

Christmas Plumbing Repair

If you need plumbing repair this holiday season, Larry & Sons is always here to help. We will have technicians on call throughout the season – including on Christmas Day – to handle plumbing emergencies. From the entire team at Larry & Sons to you, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays? Check Out Our Interview on WTOP!

Christmas is just a few short days away, and even if the first guests have already arrived at your home, there’s still time to make sure your home can handle the extra strain. Having additional people in your home puts extra stress on your home’s plumbing and heating systems, and no one wants to deal with a broken down water heater or a furnace failure during the holiday season.

Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

From checking your HVAC filters to flushing your water heater and taking steps to prevent your pipes from freezing, there are several steps you can take now to make sure your home can handle the strain of the Christmas season.

Not hosting Christmas at your house this year? It’s just as important to prepare your home if you’re heading out of town. In addition to preventing disasters like burst pipes while you’re away, and it’s crucial to ensure that your home isn’t an obvious target for would-be thieves.

Eric Corbett, owner of Larry & Sons, recently took the time to share some helpful advice on WTOP. From preparing your home’s plumbing and HVAC systems to handle the strain of additional guests to helpful advice on how to prevent criminals from knowing you’re out of town, Eric shared several tips and tricks to help you keep enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

5 Last Minute DIY Plumbing Gifts

Time is ticking, and Christmas will be here before you know it. Do you still have some people you need to check off your shopping list? If so, why not make an awesome gift yourself and avoid the crowds at the mall?

Believe it or not, you can make some pretty incredible things using plumbing supplies from the hardware store. Check out these quick and easy ideas!

DIY Plumbing Gifts

Hand Painted Washer Pendants

 Hand Painted Washers

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It doesn’t get much cheaper and easier than this! Standard metal washers from the hardware store can be transformed into wearing pieces of art with a little bit of paint, a cord and a bead. This quick and easy craft is great for kids, too.

Copper Towel Rack

 Copper Towel Rack

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With a few hours and some soldering experience, you can turn copper pipes into a stunning towel rack. Customize this project to make a rack that is perfectly sized for your recipient’s bathroom. You could even run heating wire through the finished project to create a heated towel rack. For full instructions, click here

Pipe Cat Shelves

Pipe Cat Shelves

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What do you get for the stylish cat lover? Forget the traditional cat tree that clash with the décor, and build these amazing cat shelves using pipes, fittings and wood. This one is made from steel pipe, but you could also go with copper depending on the recipient’s taste.

Plumbing Knob Ornaments

Plumbing Knob Ornaments

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 Turn old (or new!) plumbing knobs into adorable ornaments in minutes with a little hot glue, paint, glitter and ribbon. This is another project that’s great for kids.

PVC Wine Rack

PVC Wine Rack

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PVC pipes are cheap and incredibly versatile. Pick up some 4-inch PVC pipe, and cut it to length using a hacksaw. After you sand the edges smooth, clean the outside of the pipe with acetone. Prime then paint your desired color. Join the pipes using Velcro straps, and you have a quick and easy wine rack.

From all of us here at Larry & Sons, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! If you find yourself in need of a Hagerstown plumber or HVAC technician this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 301-733-5428.

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