Plumbers In Longview, TX: How To Prevent Holiday Plumbing Problems

Plumbers Longview TXFor plumbers in Longview, TX, the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year.  Family get-togethers, parties and lots of home cooking add up to overworked plumbing systems that very often just stop functioning the way they’re supposed to.  If you’re looking forward to hosting family and friends this year, but don’t want to worry about a toilet backup or your garbage disposal throwing potato peels around the kitchen, here are some ways to ensure that your holidays will be free of plumbing problems:

In The Bathrooms

There’s no doubt that children are fascinated by toilets and the magical vortex they create that sucks everything down into who-knows-where.  So, if you’re hosting small children in your home and you don’t want a clogged toilet, make sure they and their parents know that number 1 and number 2 are the only things that should be flushed, no matter how much fun it is to find out if Elmo can swim.

There’s also no doubt that many adults think of toilets as magical garbage receptacles that can handle anything and everything flushed down them.  Talk to your guests, especially if they’re overnight guests.  If they’re staying with you, they like you and they won’t be mad if you ask them not to put baby wipes, paper towels, diapers, tampons, medications or other foreign objects into the toilet.

Toilets aren’t the only parts of your plumbing system that can clog.  Sink and shower drains can clog from excessive hair, soap residue and toothpaste.  While there isn’t much you can do about the soap and toothpaste, you can install a screen in your shower drain to catch hair before it goes into your pipes.  For hair in the sink, ask your guests to pick it up with a tissue and put it in the trash.

In The Kitchen

If you have a garbage disposal, it’s going to take a beating over the holidays, especially if you have help in the kitchen and they automatically shove everything into the disposal and grind away.  Unfortunately, your garbage disposal isn’t meant to handle every kind of food debris.  Potato peels, grease, bones, lettuce, corn husks, pasta, rice – not to mention metal objects – belong in the trash and not in the disposal. Though plumbers in Longview, TX are just a phone call away, you can avoid the inconvenience of having an unusable sink by making sure everyone in your kitchen knows the rules about what can and can’t be ground up.  They should also know that even for items that belong in the disposal, it’s best to run the water first before grinding to ensure the food debris is wet enough to easily shoot through your pipes.

Your dishwasher is your friend – don’t overload it.  Not only will overloading your dishwasher ensure that your dishes won’t get clean, but too many items or overly-large items can impede the movement of internal parts and can break them.  If you must, load the dishwasher yourself and don’t let small children do the job.

Call Bird Dog Plumbers in Longview, TX For All Your Plumbing Needs

Sometimes plumbing problems happen no matter how hard you try to avoid them.  When you have a plumbing system malfunction, call one of the best plumbers in Longview, TX, Bird Dog Plumbing, at (903) 225-2272.  Visit us online at to find out about the range of services we provide, and keep in mind that we work on Saturdays at no extra charge.

Plumbers Longview TX
Bird Dog Plumbing LLC
2206 Balsam St
Longview, Texas 75605

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