How to Keep Uninvited Guests Away
During the Holidays
Tis the season for good food and good company … but more guests often means more strain on your HVAC and plumbing systems. Here’s how to keep these uninvited guests away:
Broken garbage disposer. Putting fat and grease down the disposer is like clogging your plumbing system’s arteries. You also should avoid disposing of these foods down the drain: egg shells; fibrous foods such as carrots, celery and banana peels; and of course chicken and turkey bones. For a complete list of garbage disposer tips for the holidays, check out these “dos and don’ts” from PHCC.
Burst pipes. Winter temperatures can freeze the water that is trapped in the outside faucets and pipe connections, sometimes damaging the faucet or causing the pipes to burst in the wall. Be sure to disconnect your garden hoses from outside faucets and drain them. If possible, turn off the water supply to outside faucets and then drain the piping. Otherwise, install insulated covers on outside faucets for some protection against freezing.
Broken furnace. Have your furnace professionally cleaned and inspected to ensure that it operates safely and efficiently. Technicians will inspect filters, belts, motors, electrical switches, contacts, safety switches, refrigerant levels, and gas pressure.
Dust. This is also a good time to have your duct system cleaned to remove hidden dust and dirt … and improve system performance when you need it most!
Slow drains. Remove the culprits. In the kitchen, the best way to dispose of leftovers is in the garbage. Even small bits of the wrong foods can cause headaches. In the bathroom, the biggest culprit for a clog is hair; hair, mixed with soap and other residue, can cause major clogs. Install and regularly clean a strainer over the drain to catch hair and other particles. To help prevent clogs, you can pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain and then rinse with boiling water to keep things moving. For any major clogs, consult a professional.
For more tips – and to ensure safety and efficiency in your home over the holidays and all year long, click on PHCC’s Find a Contractor referral service. Or, call our toll-free number, 800-533-7694.