There’s nothing like houseguests to test the limits of your plumbing and electrical systems. The idyllic image of a holiday home filled with twinkling lights, laughter and mouth-watering smells can burst the instant the smoke detector shrieks or the toilet overflows. If you have relatives who will be visiting Sarasota to enjoy the holidays with a side of Florida sunshine, use these simple tips to get your home company-ready so that you can sit back and enjoy the festivities.
Preventing Plumbing Problems
Slow-flushing toilets and sluggish drains are bound to cause problems once your guests arrive. Save your relatives embarrassment and avoid the inconvenience of a backup by having the drain snaked before the big day. It’s also a good time to fix that leaky faucet or finicky valve. Since small issues tend to grow into big problems during the holidays, it doesn’t hurt to have a plunger on hand to clear minor clogs.
Cooking and Kitchen Safety
Cooking is an important part of the holidays. To reduce the risk of fire, keep flammable items away from the cooking surface. Turn pot handles inward, and don’t leave home when the stove or oven is running. Your garbage disposal may also get a workout before and after the holidays. To prevent clogs, use plenty of cold water, and avoid putting potato peelings, grinding bones or fibrous items like pumpkin pulp through the garbage disposal.
Holiday Safety Tips for Your Electrical System
Between the bustling kitchen, blazing lights and endless decorations, energy consumption spikes during the holidays, which can tax your home’s electrical system. To avoid dangerous overloads, limit the number of items plugged into each outlet or circuit. Make sure that your holiday lights are UL listed and in good condition. If your home has loose electrical receptacles or worn-out switches, have them replaced.
Using common sense and investing in well-timed improvements can protect your home and help you enjoy a happier holiday. If you’d like to schedule an inspection or arrange repairs, call Aqua Plumbing & Air at (941) 306-3715, or learn more about our services online.