Having Family Over For Christmas? Make Sure Your Plumbing Is Ready For The Challenge!

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As the Christmas holiday begins to approach, you may be busy solidifying all of your plans to have your extended family come and stay with you to celebrate. However, along with figuring out the logistics, you may need to also take some other factors into consideration. One of those factors is your home's plumbing. When there are so many extra people staying in your home, all of the plumbing fixtures will be used more often than usual and will have a great deal more pressure on them. In order to ensure that nothing goes wrong with your plumbing over Christmas, get to know some of the steps that you can and should take in order to make sure that your plumbing is ready for the challenge.

Check All of Your Pipes and Fixtures for Leaks

Leaky pipes are one of the biggest issues that your plumbing can have in general. However, when you have extra people in the house, a minor leak can become a major one and the extra water flow can actually cause a burst pipe and even flooding.

 In order to avoid those problems, make sure that in the few months before the big Christmas gathering, that you check all of your visible pipes and plumbing fixtures for any signs of leaks. This includes the pipes underneath your sinks, behind toilets, and in the water heater or boiler room of your home. Check the pipes for any signs of excessive moisture and look at the areas around and under pipes. Any warping to flooring or woodwork due to water damage is a major indicator of leaking. By running these checks early, you will be able to hire a plumber to fix any leaks before your guests arrive.

Consider Changing to a Tankless Water Heater

Your guests will all need to bathe and shower when they are at your home as well. Depending on how long your guests will be staying, they might also need to do laundry as well. This means that a great deal of hot water will need to be used on a daily basis while you have company.

If you do not want to run out of hot water, you may want to consider switching to a tankless water heater system. This type of hot water system heats up your water on demand rather than filling a reservoir tank of hot water that can run out and need to be replenished over the course of several hours. Hot water on demand will ensure that all of your guests can take hot showers or baths and get clean clothes all in the same day and at any time of the day that they want to do so.

When you keep these steps in mind, you will be able to rest assured that you have done everything you can to make sure your plumbing is up for the extra challenge and will make it through the season with no major issues. For more information, contact a company like Stephens Plumbing And Heating Inc.

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