We all love Christmas, but the extra cooking, washing up, showers and toilet flushes can take a toll on your home’s plumbing and heating systems.
And that’s especially true if your festive plans include a house full of guests!
But don’t worry - our simple bits of advice below will help you avoid plumbing problems, heating headaches, and drainage disasters over the festive period.
Got a house full of family or friends staying overnight, and the inevitable morning queue for the washing facilities? Encourage your guests to wait ten to fifteen minutes between showers.
That’ll do two things: firstly, it’ll give your drains a bit of breathing space to clear properly, and help avoid any cumulative backing up. Secondly, it’ll help your boiler maintain water temperature, reducing the possibility of a nasty surprise in the form of a cold shower for any of your guests… (even if Christmas leaves you feeling like one or two of them deserve it!)
Another simple but often-overlooked way to take the pressure off your drains is to fit strainers to all your sink and shower plugholes.
They’ll help catch a lot of the soap, hair, food debris and other gunk that would otherwise go into your drains and potentially cause build-ups and blockages there.
When it comes to drains, prevention is definitely the best medicine - and at the cost of only a few quid, they represent a great investment in keeping your drains healthy and happy, not just during Christmas but all year round.
Make sure your guests don’t dispose of things like disposable wipes, sanitary products, cotton buds or dental floss down the loo.
These kinds of objects don’t disintegrate or dissolve like loo paper, and are a major cause of blocked and clogged drains, both at home and in the wider sewerage network. And that includes the many wet-wipe brands that claim to be ‘flushable’.
To help your guests make the right choice for your drains, make sure there’s a bin in your bathroom in an obvious position. You might even try putting up a cheeky sign as a gentle reminder.
Although it’s tempting - especially at Christmas, when you probably want to spend as little time as possible doing clearing up in the kitchen - it’s important to avoid pouring cooking oil, fat, and other food grease down your kitchen sink.
Oils, fat and grease, although liquid while hot, cool and congeal quickly, and can clog your drains and slow the rate of drainage significantly.
Instead, make sure there are plenty of paper towels around to help mop up the worst of the waste and put it where it belongs - the bin.
Finally, remember to keep XP Plumbing and Heating’s 24-hour number - 020 70 60 40 20 - somewhere handy! We hope you won’t need the services of an emergency plumber or heating engineer over the Christmas period - but if the worst does happen, we operate a 24/7 service to our customers.
And from our base in Sidcup, our fleet of qualified plumbers, heating engineers and drain specialists has great coverage throughout the local area - including Eltham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Chislehurst and Greenwich - and further afield, into most of London and north Kent.
So you’ll be able to relax, knowing that if disaster strikes, we’ve got you covered!