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Prepare Your Plumbing for Holiday Guests

Find Problems Before Guests Arrive This Thanksgiving

If family or friends are visiting this holiday season, homeowners are probably rushing around to prepare everything for their arrival. Remember to include a fast plumbing check-up since the bathrooms, kitchen, and even appliances will be used more during the holidays because of the influx of guests than at any other time of year. Here are a few tips on issues to look for so homeowners can prepare their plumbing for Thanksgiving guests.

Is the Toilet in Need of Repair?

toilet People frequently neglect or overlook the warnings that something is amiss with their toilet. The following are several cautionary signs of a malfunctioning toilet that homeowners shouldn’t forget, especially with the holidays coming:

  • Gurgling and suction sounds: Clogged drain vents are most likely the cause of these sounds. The gurgling sounds are caused by forcing sewer gas up through other drains rather than letting it escape through the roof vents. Homeowners should not let this continue since, eventually, it will result in completely blocked drains.
  • Leaking: When it comes to a toilet, there is no such thing as a “small” leak. This issue extends beyond water waste. Water damage and mold problems may develop. Homeowners need to hire plumbers to investigate and determine what to do because there are several places where leaks could happen.
  • Slow or faulty flushing: Does the toilet require many flushes because it’s having problems doing its job? That wastes water and may indicate various other issues, including low water pressure or clogged jets. Or perhaps it’s just that the toilet has to be replaced because it’s too old. 

Symptoms of Kitchen Plumbing Problems

Residential plumbing maintenance is crucial for the proper function of home plumbing. Even though most kitchen plumbing problems are minor, some may need professional help. Here are a few indicators to help homeowners identify kitchen plumbing issues and call for a plumber before they get worse:

  • A dripping faucet: This problem with the plumbing can waste several gallons of water per day and more than 1,000 gallons annually. However, homeowners can quickly resolve this problem by getting a plumber to swap out the faucet’s blown-out seal or make other necessary repairs.
  • Slow dishwasher draining: Improperly installed drain pipes cause most dishwasher drain problems. But dishwasher problems can also start when a mechanical component, such as a valve, breaks down or just wears out.
  • Leaks below the sink: Leaks under the sink can be overt or subtle but are frequently easily detected. Leaks under the sink can originate from several places, including the sink drain, P-trap, dishwasher drain, and garbage disposal.
  • Slow draining sink: Sinks that drain slowly indicate a clog in the system slowing down the water flow going down the drain. Clogs can also cause gurgling noises or foul odors. Clogged drains should be fixed by plumbers as soon as possible because they can lead to leaks or burst pipes if neglected.  

Upgrade Fixtures for Out-of-Town Visitors

upgradingInstalling a new sink, faucet, or showerhead is a quick and easy way to upgrade a home’s appearance and function in time for guests this holiday. And, with the latest generation of water-saving models, homeowners can also save money on their utility bills.

When choosing a new sink, faucet, or showerhead, consider both aesthetics and functionality. For example, a kitchen sink should be large enough to accommodate a home’s needs and stylish enough to complement décor. Similarly, a bathroom faucet should provide adequate water pressure while also being easy to operate.

Many newer faucets and showerheads are designed with water conservation in mind. Look for features like low-flow aerators and flow restrictors to help reduce water waste and save on water bills. Low-flow showerheads and touchless faucets are popular options for their water-saving capabilities. 

About Rooter MD Plumbing LLC

Rooter MD Plumbing LLC offers accurate diagnoses to residents of Livonia, MI, and the surrounding areas. They provide personalized solutions, 24-hour emergency service, and maintenance plans. Call them today for plumbing services in Livonia, MI.