Don’t be drains on Christmas!

Christmas time is upon us. A time when excess turkey and potatoes are eaten and merriment is encouraged. With a large family descending, your drains can be under a lot of strain from both the additional waste and the extra use of water. It is no surprise therefore that Christmas is one of our busiest times as plumbers.

Avoid having to call a plumber out during the Christmas season by following theses handy hints…

Extra guests means extra water, something your system will not be used to. Alleviate some of the problem by encouraging guests to wait 15 minutes between showers. This will allow time for your drains to do their job and prevent overflow form the additional water use.

The most frequent callout for blocked drains involves unflushables! Cotton wool balls, sanitary items, facial wipes, hair and even flushable wipes do not break down quickly enough which leads to blocked drains. Place bins in your bathrooms and ask guests to dispose of these items here instead of down your toilet.

Finally, the best part of Christmas day (if you ask my lot at least) is the dinner but the excess cooking oil or fat is not a friend to your drainage pipes! The left over oils and fats solidify after being poured down your drains causing blockages to occur. Instead wipe your pans with a paper towel and dispose of in the bin or drain the liquid into a bottle to throw away later.

It may seem simple but these three things can help curtail any plumbing problems during the festive period. Of course plumbing problems may still occur so know your limits! Even a minor problem can cause an extreme headache when it’s not handled correctly.


Wishing you all very Merry (and problem free) Christmas and a Jolly New Year.