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Is Your Home Plumbing Ready for Holiday Guests?

Fix Plumbing Issues Before Visitors Arrive for the Holidays!

With the holidays just around the corner, many folks are getting their homes ready to receive the waves of guests they’ll be hosting throughout the holiday season. That may mean cleaning and tidying, putting out festive decorations, and stocking up the pantry with tasty foods. But it’s equally important to ensure the home’s plumbing system is ready for all those holiday visitors.

Between multiple relatives sharing bathrooms and the almost non-stop cooking and cleanup in the kitchen, the plumbing system will have its work cut out for it. And since nothing brings down the festive spirit like a clogged toilet or a backed-up kitchen sink drain, it’s a good idea to address any existing problems before the guests arrive. So homeowners can read on to learn the telltale signs of common plumbing problems - and what to do about them!

Signs the Toilet Needs Repairstoilet

When getting the home plumbing ready for the holidays, most homeowners will probably want to find and fix toilet problems first, as these tend to be the most unpleasant and embarrassing. A few signs that toilet repairs may be needed include gurgling sounds, faulty flushing, frequent clogs, sounds of gurgling or trickling coming from the toilet when it’s not in use, external leaks (water, dampness, or mold on or near the toilet), and if the toilet runs or flushes on its own.

If homeowners notice these signs, they should contact a trusted local plumber to diagnose and fix the issue. Some toilet repairs are fairly straightforward, but others aren’t so easy. For instance, to fix a leaking toilet, it may be necessary to replace a toilet valve (be it the flush valve or water inlet valve). Larger issues, such as a deep clog, cracked toilet bowl, or worn toilet seal, require more complicated repairs and should always be left to a pro.

How to Spot Kitchen Plumbing Problems

With all the baking, cooking, and snacking that goes on during the holidays, the kitchen tends to become the most active room in the house - and the kitchen sink becomes the single most active plumbing fixture. So any problems with the faucet or drain can gum up the works.

One of the most common kitchen plumbing problems is the dreaded drain clog. Grease and food waste can collect inside the drainage pipes as far down as the main sewer line, forming partial obstructions and increasing the likelihood of clogging. Some signs of a clog on the horizon are foul odors from the drain, gurgling sounds, and if the sink drains slowly. If homeowners notice these signs, it's best to call a pro to perform a thorough drain cleaning.

Homeowners should also be looking for signs of leaks in the kitchen. A dripping faucet may not seem like a huge deal, but it can waste enormous amounts of water over time. Other leaks aren’t so obvious, however, so homeowners would do well to look under the kitchen sink and around the base of the faucet for moisture, water stains, warped wood, and mold. If any of these signs are spotted, homeowners should call a plumber, as leaky kitchen faucet and under-sink leak repair can be difficult for those without the right tools and experience.


Consider These Plumbing Fixture Upgrades

Once homeowners have addressed any hidden plumbing issues in their homes, they may want to make some minor improvements and upgrades to their faucets and fixtures before visitors come for the holidays. There are a variety of plumbing fixtures to choose from that can improve both the look and function of the home.

Homeowners can install a spacious farmhouse sink for a classic look or the increasingly popular workstation sink (complete with sliding inserts such as cutting boards and drying racks) to make food prep a breeze. A touchless faucet can help save water and reduce the spread of germs - a huge benefit with the cold season in full swing and an influx of traveling family members.

There are plenty of options for upgrading bathroom fixtures as well. Today’s water-saving faucets and showerheads are designed to reduce water usage without sacrificing water pressure. An elegant free-standing bathtub or rainfall showerhead can give any bathroom a sense of luxury. A smart toilet with built-in features such as a bidet, automatic dryer, heated seat, deodorizer, or automatic flush is sure to impress visitors (and make visits to the bathroom more enjoyable). 

No matter what upgrades homeowners decide to make, they should always contact a professional plumber to ensure the new fixtures are installed safely, correctly, and with as little hassle as possible!

About Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services

Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services has proudly served Ajax and the Greater Toronto Area for over 20 years. All of their plumbers are licensed, insured, background-checked, and drug-tested for the safety and peace of mind of customers. They provide upfront pricing, financing, unbeatable warranties, and 24/7 emergency service with no after-hours or overtime fees. Call them today for plumbing services in Ajax, ON.