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Common Holiday Plumbing Problems

As the holidays approach, you may be preparing for your family or friends to stay with you. Extra people and food preparation can put more stress on your home's plumbing in several ways. These are some common holiday plumbing issues.


Running Toilets

Fortunately, you can usually fix this problem yourself. If the flapper that is attached to a chain is ajar, put it back in place to make the toilet stop running. If the flap is in place, check the float—the piece that looks like a balloon. It may be rubbing against something or may be set too high, which can cause running.


Clogged Drains

Do not use a chemical drain cleaner on a sink or shower. This is especially true with kitchen sinks and clogged garbage disposals. Chemicals can be harsh on your pipes and may damage them. Try to find the source of the clog. It may be clumps of hair and soap residue, which you can remove with a plastic drain snake. If that doesn't work, call a plumber.


Clogged Toilets

If a plunger doesn't do the job, try pouring a little dish soap in the toilet. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Pour in some hot water to flush it. If it looks like it may overflow when you flush it again, turn off the water at the shut-off valve or adjust the float. When this soap solution does not move things along smoothly, call a plumber.

Some clogs and issues can turn into more severe problems if they are not handled correctly. When your sink, shower, toilet, or garbage disposal first starts performing differently, that is the best time to call a plumber.

Bottom line: Nothing can ruin holiday festivities faster than a plumbing disaster. That’s why Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling offers emergency service 24/7. To schedule an appointment, call (281) 645-5905.