Did you know that 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted every year across the nation? A leaky faucet can waste 10,000 gallons of water— that is the same amount of water needed to do 270 loads of laundry! This information is provided by the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, and it’s enough to make anyone pause. Water waste is a big deal. Not only can it cost you money, it can also harm the planet. What can you do to avoid plumbing emergencies during the holiday season? How do you keep everything in check while you entertain guests and open gifts?
- Take good care of your garbage disposal. Your disposal is an indispensible part of your kitchen, and it can do a lot of damage if it isn’t working properly. Don’t put anything in the disposal that can’t be broken up. This includes hard food, bones, etc. While a clogged disposal doesn’t necessarily mean a water leak, it’s still an important step to take. You don’t need it to break down in the middle of your holiday dinner. You may not be able to call for help at that time, and that will leave you in an unpleasant place.
- When you have extra people staying in your home, it stands to reason that your toilet will be working twice as much, if not more. This could lead to clogs. To avoid this, consider contacting a plumber so they can clean the drain. This will ensure your bathroom pipes are in good working order before the first relative rings the doorbell.
- Finally, consider insulating your exterior pipes. This will keep them from freezing when cold weather hits.