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Preventing Plumbing Problems while Hosting Guests

Jim Bauer Home Maintenance and Repair

burst water pipe, water damageIt’s that time of year again, holiday season! And with the holidays comes entertaining. This time of year can be challenging to your plumbing, especially if you live in an older house. You’ll be putting a real strain on your plumbing system because you will be doing extra work:

  • Cleaning the house
  • Prepping and cooking meals
  • Cleaning up the kitchen
  • Hosting overnight visitors
  • Doing lots of laundry

Holiday plumbing problems can lead to water damage—from a small leak to a burst pipe or even worse. So here are some tips for avoiding holiday plumbing problems in key areas of your home.


Yes, your toilet is going to get a workout. It’s a good idea to keep a plunger handy. Having one right by the toilet will spare guests from having to ask you, which could be embarrassing, and it will catch problems while they’re minor. You should also put a small wastebasket in the bathroom so guests don’t throw the wrong things in the toilet because there’s nowhere else to put them.

Kitchen Sink

If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, you should be extra careful about the kinds of foods you put down there. No matter how much commotion there is in the house, resist the urge to put in:

  • Vegetable peelings
  • Fruit pits
  • Fat and grease from pan drippings (turkey, ham, bacon, etc.)
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Any kind of food wrapping

Shower and Bathtub

If you have overnight guests, they will want to shower before either bed or in the morning. They might all want to bathe at the same time! So turn up the water heater a bit because no one wants to be shocked with cold water when it’s cold outside.


Your washing machine is going to be trying out for the washing machine Olympics between all the extra laundry you’ll be doing washing:

  • Those dusty curtains in the guest bedroom
  • Many extra dishtowels and bathroom towels
  • All those sheets and duvet covers
  • Just plain old clothes

Try using cold water so that there’s more hot water for showers and baths. Run your washing machine either late at night or early in the morning so it doesn’t compete for hot water with your guests’ baths and showers.

There’s a lot going on during the holidays, and it’s hard enough to keep track of everyone and everything. But being a little extra vigilant can spare you holiday plumbing problems. It will give you one less thing to worry about so that you can relax and enjoy your family and friends at this special time of the year.

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