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Feast on These Plumbing Tips

Hosting This Year? Here’s What You Should Know

Clean the house: ✓

Pick up the turkey: ✓

Decorate the table: ✓

And the list goes on. There’s no question that hosting Thanksgiving is a lot of work. After all, you’re giving your guests more than just a delicious meal: You’re giving them a day to relax and enjoy your home!

It’s important to remember that your plumbing plays a big part in keeping your home comfortable. It might not be luxurious or exciting like Amazon Alexa—but if something goes wrong with your plumbing, it will quickly become your No. 1 priority!

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prevent problems with your water heater in Tampa, FL, and the rest of your plumbing. So, before Turkey Day arrives, grab your to-do list and add these helpful tips to the mix.

Don’t Stuff Your Garbage Disposal

Overeating on Thanksgiving is as traditional as it gets. But one thing that shouldn’t lapse into a food coma is your garbage disposal. Ensure that certain items never go down the disposal, such as:

  • Corn husks
  • Grease or oil
  • Pasta
  • Bones
  • Potato skins
  • Eggshells
  • Lettuce
  • Metal

Here are other best practices you can share with guests to protect your garbage disposal:

  • Use cold water when using the disposal (not hot!)
  • Cut waste into small pieces and dispose slowly rather than all at once.
  • Run the disposal and water longer to ensure all waste is properly ground up and to prevent clogs from forming in your pipes.

Make It Easy for People to Respect Your Plumbing

People often base their actions on convenience. This is human nature—and it’s something you can use to your advantage at home.

Place a wastebasket near the toilet so guests can dispose of their garbage properly. If there’s nowhere else to dispose of items other than the toilet bowl, you can’t blame guests for clogging your pipes! Place the wastebasket in plain sight so guests know right away where their garbage should go.

Don’t Let Your Water Heater Quit Cold Turkey

If family and friends stay overnight, they’re likely to use your shower. Only problem is, your water heater can’t handle the additional usage. One second it’s working properly and the next it’s gone kaput!

Is your water heater more than a decade old? These systems typically last between eight and 12 years. And keep in mind that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for your hot water heater. Between all of the cooking and additional showers, this can be the final straw for a struggling system.

Replacing your water heater today can save you from a stressful situation—and your guests from cold showers! Cornerstone is a distributor for American Water Heaters because this brand continues to exceed our customers’ expectations. We carry a number of different tank sizes, each offering superior efficiency capabilities. During a consultation, our technicians will gather a full understanding of your hot water needs and recommend the perfect system you and your guests can warm up to.

If your water heater is working just fine, here’s what you can do to make sure it stays this way:

  • Test the temperature and pressure relief valve (TPR) to ensure it’s working properly.
  • Flush the water heater tank to prevent sediment buildup.

For your complete peace of mind, we offer emergency water heater repairs. Call us right away if something’s wrong with your water heater and we’ll be there in no time!

Other Steps to Take

If you have some extra time, here are other ways to protect your plumbing:

  • Clear leaves and debris near drainage to ensure water can drain properly.
  • Schedule a video camera inspection to determine the cause of slow or clogged drains.
  • Flush all toilets in the house to ensure they’re working properly. If you notice low water pressure or another problem, contact our plumbers for assistance.

If you can’t do these things before the holidays, put aside some time in the new year. Fixing small problems early can prevent them from becoming serious, more expensive problems later on.

Savor Your Home With Cornerstone Pros

Comfort food + home comfort = the perfect Thanksgiving. We might not be able to help with the food part. But when you need reliable HVAC and plumbing service to make your home feel just right—whether it’s plumbing repair in Pasco, FL, or AC maintenance in Tampa, FL—comfort’s always on the menu at Cornerstone.

To prepare your home for the holidays, schedule service online or call Cornerstone Pros at 813.995.7558 today.