Making Sure Your Plumbing Survives The Holidays

Thanksgiving is over! But with the holidays in full swing, plenty more feasts are still to come. Did you know the day after Thanksgiving is typically the busiest day of the year for plumbers? In this post, we’ll explain how to prevent a back-up after any of your feasts this holiday season.

PROTECTING YOUR PLUMBING

You probably know some basic rules of keeping your plumbing running smoothly. Don’t put turkey bones down the garbage disposal. Don’t pour grease down the sink. These are obvious solutions for most of the year, but after a big meal and dozens of dishes in your sink, it can be easy to let things slide. Don’t let it happen, and keep your sink safe by not letting these items down the drain:

  • Kitchen oil, of any kind
  • Butter (any kind of dairy can harden and clog up your pipes)
  • Eggshells
  • Bones (turkey, chicken, steak…anything!)
  • Tough vegetables (this can include things like celery – the strings can stop up the gears in your disposal)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Grease and greasy foods
  • Pasta, including rice (it can expand in your pipes and cause problems)
  • Non-food items

CLEANING UP

Issues can arise when any of these items end up going down your sink. Your garbage disposal will not dissolve anything and everything you stuff down it.

Here are a couple of simple tips:

  • Scrape food from plates and other dishes into the trash.
  • Thick, greasy foods (things like gravy are notorious for clogging sinks) can be wiped out with a paper towel and thrown away to avoid going down the drain.
  • Once you’re done cleaning the kitchen, boil some water, and pour it down the sink. This will help loosen up the gunk that found its way down there.
  • Every three months or so, pour some vinegar down the drain – this is good for routine maintenance.

NEED TO CALL US?

Should your drain get stopped up during the holidays or any day, City Plumbing is here for you. Give us a call at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!

Gas Line Inspections

Does your home use gas or electricity? If you don’t know for sure, don’t worry – many homeowners know just enough to hit the switch and have the lights come on. Here in West Texas, natural gas is a part of our lifeblood. If it’s how you heat your home, cook meals, or get hot water, you’ll need to know when something’s wrong. A damaged or leaky gas line can be detrimental to your home, and potentially harmful to your health.

GAS LINE LEAKS

So how do you know if there’s a leak in your gas line? Just like water lines, gas lines have a lifespan. They are susceptible to corrosion and breakage over time. A leak in the line could make you sick, cause a fire, or even an explosion. That “rotten egg” smell could be a clue that a line is busted.

PREVENTION

Thankfully, gas leaks are relatively rare. They can happen from careless digging, improper installation, or general wear and tear. The best way to prevent issues from arising is to have your lines checked by an expert every year.

CARBON MONOXIDE

One of the scariest parts of a gas leak is the threat of carbon monoxide. CO is an odorless gas that can be deadly, even if only inhaled for a short time. Because it’s odorless and tasteless, a special meter is needed to detect it. Anything that uses natural gas could potentially be a threat of CO. Having your HVAC and hot water heater inspected annually, along with other appliances,  will help keep you and your family safe.

HOW WE CAN HELP

At City Plumbing, we check your gas lines inside and outside your home to catch any potential problems before they get worse. We can detect even trace amounts of gas with our specialized equipment. If we find anything wrong we can advise if you need a repair or a full pipe replacement. To make an appointment with City Plumbing, call 432-366-2401. Just give us a call, and we’ll come running!