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Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays, and Black Friday isn’t just hectic for stores. It’s one of our plumbers’ busiest days of the year, some places even call it “brown Friday.” Between family, friends, food, and shopping; it’s a holiday that checks every box on the fun list. If you want to keep the holiday fun, you need the most important ingredient: preparation.
We know Thanksgiving this year will probably look a little different than it has in the past. Despite this, Thanksgiving is still a time for lively celebration, even if our definition of fun needs to change a bit. Even if you’re adhering to the CDC’s holiday guidelines, your plumbing, appliances, and HVAC will still bear the brunt of the holiday.
Because we want to help minimize stress during a joyful time, we’re sharing tips for preparing your home for Thanksgiving. They include everything from plumbing and drains, to air and HVAC.
Our plumbers are running calls on Black Friday for a good reason. During the holidays, most plumbing systems see a surge in use by friends and family. Cooking a Thanksgiving meal is going to put a lot more strain on your kitchen than a routine dinner. This goes for your bathroom plumbing as well. Holiday guests mean your shower, toilet, and sink are being used much more normal.
We understand your home may not be seeing as much traffic this year due to global circumstances, but it’s still a good idea to make sure you’re taking care of you plumbing and taking care of small problems before they become huge messes.
To avoid any potential stressors, Service Champions offers a plumbing safety inspection. Think of it as a tune-up for your plumbing system. Our plumbers make sure to inspect every part of your plumbing system to ensure a stress (and plumber) free Thanksgiving.
During a safety inspection, our plumbers make sure to check 11-points of your plumbing system. During this check they will:
After thoroughly inspecting everything on this list, your plumber will give an in-depth analysis of your system.
Another great way to prepare your home for the holidays is to make sure your family is on the offense when it comes to the kitchen sink. While most disposals have the word “garbage” in the title, you can’t treat it like a trash can and expect it to function properly on Thanksgiving.
Here are the top things that should never find their way into your kitchen sink:
Your indoor air quality is important, now more than ever. Another way to prepare your home for Thanksgiving is to make sure your HVAC system is ready for family, festivities, and cooking smells. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC system on the big turkey day. Some of them are:
When it comes to holidays, there are things lurking in your home that can pose a significant risk to your home and health. Perhaps the biggest one is to limit the number of burning candles in your home. Also, be sure to choose soy or beeswax candles; they emit less indoor air contaminates than traditional paraffin wax candles.
Another thing to keep in mind is don’t overload your outlets. Between slow cookers, decorative lights, and other appliances, it’s easy to overload your outlets and potentially blow a fuse or cause an electrical fire. We recommend limiting the number of things you plug in and making sure nothing stays plugged in for too long.
A great way to spot any other potential hazards is to do a deep clean of your home a week before the holiday. While cleaning, make sure to check your outlets for any damage. Also, it’s good to vacuum or dust around your return vents to make sure any treated air can flow freely through your home.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, just like your pipes didn’t back up over the course of one meal. If you want to schedule a plumbing safety inspection or are interested in more tips for preparing your home for Thanksgiving, reach out to the professionals at Service Champions. Our expertly trained HVAC technicians and plumbers are ready for any job and ready to help your home during the holidays. If you’re in Los Angeles, Orange, or Riverside county, call the number at the top of the screen or click here to book an appointment online.