Holiday Preparation | Plumbing Tips

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Holiday Preparation | Plumbing Tips

The number of plumbing problems increases around the holidays but, with some care and preparation, you can avoid having to call the plumbing experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

The holiday period that begins a bit after Halloween and runs through Thanksgiving and Christmas into the New Year is your favorite time of year. You’re not only hooked on public events like the Celebration of Lights at Homosassa Springs State Park but you also like the entertaining side of things – cooking, baking and having people drop in and others staying to celebrate. But just because you still have a child’s level of enthusiasm about the holiday season, doesn’t mean you don’t have the adult’s awareness of the preparation that’s needed and the fact that things can go horribly wrong.

Things like your plumbing. It’s always bad when plumbing fails, but when you have a house full of guests, it’s tragic.

Plumbing pros, like the plumbing experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber, say you’re right to be worried. The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for plumbers.

“While the volume of guests using showers and toilets often cause problems in the bathroom, it is the major meal preparation of the holiday that makes the kitchen the site of most plumbing problems,” according to

But there’s really not much to worry about. A little preparation should allow you to avoid most holiday plumbing failures. offers these three tips to avoid holiday plumbing fiascos:

  • Watch what you put down the drain. says, “Yes, the No. 1 culprit for plumbing problems after Thanksgiving is homeowners trying to use their sink or garbage disposal as a garbage can, resulting in clogged pipes.” So, remember, do NOT NOT NOT put things like grease, eggshells, potato skins, cooking oils, bones, poultry skin, or fibrous vegetables like celery down the kitchen drain. In the bathroom, avoid putting wipes (do NOT NOT NOT believe the label that says they are “flushable”), cotton balls, swabs, cleansing cloths, dental floss and similar items down the toilet or drain. Put them in the trash.
  • Keep drains clear during the holidays. “Ask guests to wait 15 minutes between showers to allow time for the drains to clear. Also, make sure you have clean, empty trash receptacles in each bathroom so visitors won’t feel they have to flush something that they shouldn’t. And, after dinner, when your guests are helping with cleanup, put a garbage bin (or compost bucket) front and center in the kitchen so everyone knows to scrape food waste from the dishes there. If you do use your garbage disposal, start the water and disposal first before emptying plates into the sink,” says.
  • Fix slow drains now before they become totally clogged. A slow drain is an indication that a clog has begun to form. Clear it out now. If you find you can’t clean it out, then call the plumbing specialists at Billy the Sunshine Plumber now.

You should also call Billy the Sunshine Plumber if, despite all your best efforts, you do end up with a plumbing problem on a holiday. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is open 24/7/365 – days, nights, weekends and holidays (yes, even Christmas and New Year’s), Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here for you and he can help you with that.

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