Plumbing and Appliance Tips for the Holidays

Plumbing and Appliance Tips for the Holidays

As we approach the Holiday season in Whitby, things can get pretty hectic. Everyone is shuttling around to visit family or have friends over for dinner.

As a result we tend to use the oven more, wash more dishes and there’s more loads of laundry with all those extra sheets and towels to wash.
So how are all your appliances holding up? Is that Plumbing flowing smoothly?
Showers with slow flowing drains are an easy fix. The culprit is usually hair. Give me a shout, as your Whitby Plumber I’d be happy to get things draining properly.
Other issues might include dripping faucets or leaky toilets. All things that, in the long run, will cost you more than a service call.
When it comes to renovations waiting until the last minute could cause setbacks. Aim to have them done by early December. A lot of companies shut down over the holidays. Although your contractor may be willing to work, the factory making your cabinets or polishing your granite countertop could be closed for a few days or even weeks.
One thing we all tend to do more often, what with that company on the way, is clean. You haven’t cleaned your oven since this time last year and now seems like a good time. This is where I advise people to be cautious in how they clean. Some ovens have a self-clean option. This feature is great and can save a lot of time and energy. However, I’ve seen often enough where an oven’s internal fuse will blow during the self-clean cycle and the door will stay locked until you replace the defective fuse. I recommend waiting until after your guests have left to do a self-clean. To be honest, no one will be looking in your oven and if they do it’ll only remind them that their own oven needs a cleaning.
Part of the reason I recommend waiting is this, are you able find a reliable serviceman with the right parts? Are they willing to leave their own family to come and fix your oven on Christmas Eve?
Now, how about all those extra sheets and towels I mentioned? Be sure not to strain your washing machine to much by overloading it. Some front load washers can begin to smell after a while. This is usually from soap build up and can sometimes be remedied by the use of Affresh pucks. Found in most cleaning supply isles at ta grocery or hardware store. The quick option is to close the door while guests are visiting.
As for your dryer, now would be a good time to clean the venting especially the outside vent cap. Even a small amount of lint can reduce a dryer’s efficiency. Towels tend to produce the most lint. Be very careful if your vent termination is on an upper floor. Your safety is paramount. Hiring a professional might be a good bet. Like your oven, dryers have internal fuses as well. When warm moist air is not properly exhausted it can build up in the drum and blow a fuse from overheating. A tell tale sign of a blocked vent is when the drying time doubles or triples.

Unless you wash all your dishes by hand, a dishwasher will definitely earn its keep this time of year. The internal plumbing of a dishwasher is not designed to handle food scraps. Clearing off dishes before placing them in the racks will help your dishwasher run more efficiently. I highly recommend washing wine glasses by hand. I stopped keeping track of the number of ‘broken’ dishwashers I fixed by finding pieces of glass in the drain pump.
While on a plumbing service call in Whitby, my customer was surprised when the first thing I asked was did a wine glass break? He answered simply, ‘Yes’. Sure enough my shop vac sucked out a couple of small pieces of glasses. I hooked everything back up and the dishwasher worked fine.
There are always going to be projects, big or small, that you as home owners would love to have done before that festive dinner party. Remember though, the only important thing this time of year is spending time with those you love. So, even if something goes wrong it will all work out. These are the stories you’ll be talking about for years to come. Like the one about how you finally met your new neighbours whose oven just blew a fuse and you’re fortunate to have four more for dinner. And if Cousin Eddie rolls up with his Winnebago don’t forget to call me, Your Whitby Plumber, in case the shitter is full!

Your Whitby Plumber
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