Holiday Disasters: How To Avoid 3 Problems That Can Quickly Ruin Everything

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The holidays – or any family gatherings, for that matter – are a time to enjoy each other. It is not a time to deal with unexpected disasters in the home. Here are three common problems that can easily arise when additional people are in the house and how to prevent them from happening:

1. Clogged Toilet

When the toilet gets clogged with guests in the house, it is inconvenient and quite embarrassing. Luckily, it can easily be avoided with these tips:

  • Consider upgrading to a more modern, newer low-flow toilet. Many low-flow toilets that were designed decades ago have the tendency to clog more frequently.
  • Avoid flushing anything down the toilet – even toilet paper, as you normally would. Make sure to have a trash receptacle beside the commode and inform all guests to use it with a notecard.
  • Keep a plunger easily accessible and viewable by any and all guests that enter the bathroom. This allows them to take of a clog themselves, which can avoid embarrassment. They'll thank you silently.
  • Schedule a full plumbing system inspection prior to your guests arriving. If any issues are detected, this provides ample time for repair.

2. No Heat or Cold Air

It always seems like your A/C or heater goes out at the most inopportune time. The last thing your guests want is to be stuck in a home without cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. You can avoid this by doing the following:

  • Change your HVAC air filter. As a general rule, filters should be changed every three months. However, during times of heavy use, 30 days is actually recommended by most experts in the industry. When family is coming in, you may just want to be safe and go ahead and change the filter out.
  • Check the batteries in the thermostat. Sometimes, the issue regarding no heat or cool air is a simple fix, such as replacing the low or dead batteries in the thermostat. If you want to be extra safe, simply change them prior to everyone's arrival.
  • Get an HVAC system check-up. Your HVAC system is capable of proper and longer functioning, but this is only if it undergoes regular maintenance and frequent inspections. If this hasn't been done this year, or recently, then have it done before your guests arrive. Talk with a place like Arendosh Heating & Cooling before you have a large gathering in your house.

3. Clogged Kitchen Drain

This one is more of a problem for you than your guests. Nonetheless, it is just as easily preventable by doing these things:

  • Avoid sending fats, oils, and grease down the drain. These will stick to the sides of your pipes and build up until nothing else can make it through.
  • Rely on a garbage can instead of your garbage disposal. You may have more trash for the curbside trash pick-up, but it will be well worth it in the long-run.
  • Consider placing a strainer in the sink to keep large pieces of food from entering the drain in the event that you do use your disposal or that something enters the sink by accident.

If you're planning a relatively large event at your home, it is crucial that you consider taking care of potential issues before they ever happen. If you are concerned about any plumbing or HVAC issues, contact a local expert in your area well in advance.


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