If a holiday is approaching and you plan on having guests stay over for an extended period of time, you definitely want to avoid a problem with your plumbing. Different people have different behaviors that you may not be aware of. Things may be put down the drain that are not supposed to go there, or someone may simply use too much toilet paper. Don't let the extra guests put unnecessary stress on your plumbing--take these preventative steps.
Clean Out Your Home's Drains
Plumbing gradually gets clogged over the years. It could be as simple as hair collecting in the shower, or food waste that accidentally goes down the kitchen sink drain. The first sign of problems is drains that move slowly and cannot keep up with the amount of water going in the sink or tub. Even if you do not notice this problem, it never hurts to clean your home's drains.
Drains can be cleaned in a couple ways. If you don't have the tools or the skills, you can hire a professional, like Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc or others, to take care of it for you. A plumber can snake out a drain to get rid of anything that could be stuck down the pipes.
An alternative is to make a homemade cleaning solution that is made from 1 part vinegar and 1 part baking soda. When your mixture starts fizzing, pour it directly down your drains. Let the mixture do its job and avoid running water for an hour or so. Then flush it out with warm water.
Inspect Your Sewer Cleanout Line
Do you have old-fashioned clay drain tiles and big trees nearby? You may eventually run into a problem with the tree roots penetrating the clay tiles and causing a massive sewer backup in your home. This is definitely something you do not want to happen while guests are staying in your home.
You can prevent this from occurring by having a plumber stick a sewer camera in your main sewer cleanout. They can let you know if you have a problem with tree roots, how bad it is, and recommend a solution to fix it. For example, catching a damaged drain tile before it collapses will allow you to easily feed a new one through it. This is done using a rubber pipe that expands once it has been fed through.
For more tips about preventing problems when guests visit, speak to your plumber about things you should be inspecting.