Why Plumbing Problems Always Seem to Happen During the Holidays

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Plumbing Problems and the Holidays

It's that time of year again. The family is visiting, the house is decorated from top to bottom, and the turkey is in the oven. But there's one small problem: the plumbing is acting up. Suddenly, the idyllic holiday scene is interrupted by the sound of running water and the toilet backing up. A holiday nightmare!

If this scenario sounds all too familiar, you're not alone. Plumbing problems always happen when you least expect them—and often at the most inconvenient times. Here are four of the most common plumbing problems that seem to pop up around the holidays—and how to fix them.

Running Out of Hot Water

Nothing ruins a holiday dinner like running out of hot water halfway through cooking. If your water heater can't keep up with demand, it might be time for an upgrade. Consult a professional to see if a tankless water heater would be a good fit for your home.

Clogged Pipes

When cold weather sets in, pipes risk freezing and bursting. To prevent this from happening, insulate exposed pipes and allow faucets to drip slightly when temperatures are expected to dip below freezing. If a pipe does freeze, don't try to thaw it with an open flame—this could cause serious damage. Instead, use a hair dryer or heating pad on low heat. Once thawed, call a plumber to check for any damage and ensure the pipe is repaired properly.

Clogged Toilets

A clogged toilet is one of the most dreaded plumbing problems—especially when you have houseguests! To avoid this problem, don't flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. And if a clog happens, never attempt to fix it yourself—call a professional immediately.

Broken Fixtures

From leaky faucets to broken towel racks, fixture problems can ruin your holiday decorating plans—not to mention your guests' comfort levels! To avoid this headache, have a plumber inspect your fixtures before guests arrive. This way, you can rest assured that everything will be in working order when they arrive—and you can enjoy stress-free holidays for years to come.

Holiday Plumbing Relief

No one wants their holidays ruined by plumbing problems—but unfortunately, they seem to happen more often than we'd like! Nautilus Plumbing can help keep your plumbing working throughout the holiday season and beyond with our quality plumbing services in Los Angeles, CA, and the surrounding areas. Call us at (323) 629-4627 to schedule an appointment with our experts today.

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