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Avoid Christmas Hosting Disasters

Christmas Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Common things that can go wrong when you have holiday guests and learn how to prevent them.

plumbing treeProblem: The kitchen sink clogs
Christmas is a busy time of year. The main cause of this clog is the mistreatment of drains during holiday cooking .  Avoid the clog-fest this Christmas by following a few simple steps.

How to avoid:

  • Fats and cooking oils can solidify in your pipes, so never dispose of them in your kitchen sink.
  • Make sure the garbage disposal is running before anything goes in it, and do not send stringy, fibrous, or starchy foods like poultry skins or potato peels down the disposal.
  • Don't try fixing clogged sink drain with chemical drain-clearing products that can harm your pipes. Call your plumber, or if you feel capable, use a snake instead, available at hardware stores.

Problem: The heat goes out.
As the party’s host, you’re supposed to hang guests’ coats—not apologize to them for having to keep them on. A lack of heat can stop a Christmas party dead in its tracks.

How to avoid:

  •  Replace your furnace filter every 6 months and get a professional in for regular maintenance of your HVAC.
  • Check out insulation on refrigerant lines that are leading into your house. Replace missing or damaged insulation.

Problem: The toilet stops up
Toilets have a way of clogging up at the worst times, such as during parties and when you have overnight guests. This is especially true if you have a low-flow toilet.

How to avoid:

  • Don’t flush anything other than sewage and toilet paper down the toilet. And there’s nothing wrong with putting up a polite note to remind your guests to do the same. Keep a toilet plunger handy, just in case.


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