It's exciting — albeit slightly stressful — to have family members or friends stay with you for a number of days over the holidays. While you might be thinking about cooking and cleaning in advance of your guests' arrival, you should also think about the potential extra strain on your home's plumbing. If you've experienced seemingly innocuous issues in the past with the plumbing fixtures in your home, don't risk embarrassment and hassles from something going wrong while you have visitors. Instead, plan to hire a plumber, such as Travers Plumbing & Heating Inc, to deal with these issues in advance.
Unclogging A Stubborn Toilet
You and your family might have grown accustomed to a toilet that clogs and even overflows occasionally — perhaps using strategies such as flushing midway through doing your business to prevent this risk. Your guests won't know this rule — and you probably don't want to awkwardly discuss it with them — so it's wise to hire a plumber. This licensed professional will get to the bottom of why the toilet is clogging frequently, and carefully remove whatever is causing the obstruction. This way, you won't have to hold your breath with worry every time one of your visitors goes to the bathroom.
Fixing A Slow-Draining Sink
A sink that drains slowly can be a bit off-putting to people who visit your home, while also potentially making people concerned that they did something wrong to affect the fixture in this manner. No one wants to visit someone's home and stand in front of a sink with several inches of dirty water while brushing their teeth, so get a plumber on the job. He or she will use a variety of snake-style tools to clear out whatever is causing the water to back up; typically, it will be a conglomeration of hair in the pipes below the sink.
Dealing With Rattling Pipes
Rattling pipes are more than an auditory annoyance; when a pipe in the wall is allowed to rattle for a long time, its fittings can become loose. This results in a leak. Pipes will often rattle if someone turns the water in a sink off abruptly. If you and your family members avoid causing the pipes to rattle by gently using your plumbing fixtures, you can't necessarily expect your family members to use the same tact. Your plumber will identify the location for the rattling pipes and better secure them to the wall studs with pipe brackets.