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Top Plumbing Tips for a Succesful 4th of July Party

It’s the 4th of July and you’re ready. The food and drinks are prepped, your front porch, house, and backyard are decked out in red, white and blue decorations, and the guests are starting to arrive. You’ve thought of everything in anticipation of this backyard barbecue and are prepared for anything – or have you?

It’s easy to forget to consider plumbing preparations prior to a get-together. In this article, we have outlined some basic plumbing tips that will leave you better prepared for your party, with plumbing emergencies being one less thing to worry about.

Everything PLUS the Kitchen Sink

kitchensinkThe evening of July 3 is not the right time to test the limits of your garbage disposal by filling it with vegetable peelings.

That’s a surefire way to overwhelm your disposal and cause it to clog, or worse yet, the motor might burn out. Dealing with a clogged sink is bad enough.

Dealing with a fried garbage disposal is even more of a nightmare, and when you combine the two of them, you’ll be ready to rip your hair out in frustration. Have your sink and disposal checked out by a contractor beforehand to make sure nothing needs to be replaced or repaired.

Next, resist the urge to dump all of those food scraps down the drain. Yes, it’s easy and convenient, but it’s harmful to your disposal. Another easy way to protect your sink is to have grease traps available. Imagine watching a well-meaning guest dump a tray of hot grease directly down your drain.

Doing so wreaks havoc on your plumbing, not to mention the fact that hot grease makes a terrible mess and is difficult to clean up. Grease traps are a simple, easy way to avoid this problem, and they make cleaning up that much easier.

Fighting Clogged Toilet Disasters

toiletclogTo put it plainly – where there’s a toilet, there should be a plunger. Let’s face it, clogs happen. It’s a fact of plumbing-related life.

Sure, a plunger might not be the most glamorous bathroom accessory, but this is not the time to worry about aesthetics or vanity.

If a toilet starts to back up and there isn’t a plunger readily available, your guest may panic and continue flushing the toilet without turning off the water, hoping the clog will resolve itself.

The water will continue to rise until it overflows from the bowl, causing an unsanitary mess, embarrassing your guest, and causing the bathroom to be at least temporarily unusable. As part of stocking your bathrooms in anticipation of a party, make sure there’s plenty of soap, hand towels, toilet paper, air freshener and, last, but certainly not least, a plunger.

Find the Shutoff Valve

shutoffvalveMake sure you know exactly where the main water shutoff valve is and familiarize yourself with how to use it. In homes with basements, the valves are commonly found in the basement.

Elsewhere in the United States, the valves are usually somewhere outside, either on the side of the house or even detached. If you live in a planned community run by an HOA, access to the valve may be somewhat inconvenient.

Sometimes the valve is kept in a sort of cabinet that can be easily camouflaged to blend in with the landscaping. The bottom line is that you need to make sure you know how to get to that shutoff valve and fast, in the event of a leak, burst pipe, or another flooding emergency.

Hopefully, the suggestions outlined above have left you feeling confident and better prepared for your 4th of July party. Remember, don’t put plumbing maintenance off until it’s too late. Schedule an appointment with a plumbing expert from 24-7 Plumbing And Drain, and don’t forget to have a great 4th of July!