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Four stocking-fillers for your plumbing this Christmas

How you can prevent your plumbing from ruining Christmas with seven simple, cheap and timeless gifts you can give again and again.

The Christmas period encourages everything in excess, too much food to eat and fun to be had. But occasionally our plumbing, as well as our waistlines, can pay the price for the tasty treats and drunken decisions. More people in the house, taking more showers and making more waste, inevitably puts pressure on your plumbing system. These festive stocking fillers will help you make sure the only red-faced bloke wearing a hat is the one bringing you pressies, not taking your money. 

Trash is trash; even at Christmas

It should be a no brainer, but the festive spirit can turn even the most domesticated of folks against their better judgement and cause them to make questionable decisions when it comes to waste products. Everything that isn’t soap or water should go in the trash, prawn heads to veggie peelings – no expectations. Whilst the clean up after Christmas lunch isn’t one to be envied, neither is calling an emergency plumber to come and unblock your sink before you have it all to do again on boxing day. 

Common culprits:

  • Fibrous or stringy foods (such as celery or other tough vegetables)
  • Rice, pasta, or bread-based products that can expand when exposed to moisture
  • Animal bones and fat
  • Eggshells
  • Paper, metal, or plastic materials

Think of your tomorrow self, get a strainer for the sink and do your best to keep the trash in the trash. 

Drains don’t like fat, at all

You know that feeling when Autie [INSERT AUNTIE} hands you your gift? That sinking feeling in your stomach when you realise it is yet another hand-knitted garment that you will be forced to wear for the rest of the day, regardless of the heat, hating every second of it? That is how your plumbing feels when you pour fat and grease down the drain – yuk. 

The kitchen is a busy place at Christmas, but that is no excuse to pour your excess cooking fats and oils away out of convenience because the chances are, out of sight isn’t out of mind and you won’t forget about them for long. Once in the cool depths of your plumbing, fat and oil solidifies and can cause blockages anywhere form your kitchen sink to the boundary tap. Try to pour excess fat into a glass jar where it will solidify safely, before putting it in the bin.

Bathroom etiquette

No one wants to follow Pop into the bathroom, Christmas or not – the blokes never heard of a courtesy flush. But it’s not the kind of etiquette we mean. With more toilet traffic than usual, your sewer line can become strained and when opportunities, people can get a little lazy and flush away items that are likely to cause you trouble down the drain track. As unfestive as it may be, try to spread a little joy for your toilet by ensuring your guests don’t flush anything they shouldn’t. Items on the naughty list include:

  • Sanitary napkins
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Facial pads
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Paper towels

It can also help to give your plumbing a little breathing room between showers to let your drains clear away and excess hair or tinsel before the next one. 

Pre Christmas check-up

When pipes, drains or sewers become blocked, it is often a culmination of smaller issues that build-up and grow into much bigger ones. Just like all those Christmas party drinks and nibbles add together to give you some work to do in the new year, a culmination of all of the above plus and existing faults could create a terrible start to 2021. If you were thinking about getting a health check done on your plumbing, now is the time, so you can put your feet up and listen to your favourite Christmas tunes in peace, as many times as you choose! 

January can often be a busy time for the Sydney Relining team as issues are exacerbated over the break, and whilst we’re happy to help, we love Christmas as much as you do. Don’t let your plumbing ruin the most wonderful time of the year.

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions about your plumbing or relining requirements, we’re always happy to chat. 

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