If you happen to do a lot of holiday entertaining over the holiday season, you might notice that your plumbing system has become sluggish or that has even developed a serious drain clog. It’s not unusual for plumbing systems to develop major problems after busy household periods like holiday celebrations. If you have a clogged sink, shower, or toilet, you may need an emergency plumber from MainLine Plumbing to visit your Pompano Beach, FL home to provide fast plumbing solutions. If Santa Claus delivered a drain clog or backing up toilet to your home, contact us for our emergency service.
Post-Holiday Plumbing System Blues
Between visiting guests and extra cooking and baking, your plumbing system may be doing substantially extra work between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. If your drains were previously slow or, unknown to you, contained clog-forming debris, the holidays could take their toll on the system and leave you with some unexpected problems that require the attention of an emergency plumber. The following are a few common plumbing problems that tend to occur after a busy holiday season.
Garbage Disposal Problems
Garbage disposals often work extra hard over the holidays as there is more food waste to dispose of. If you had company come over, they might have accidentally allowed items in the garbage disposal that should be there. Foods like celery and fruit pits can cause garbage disposal breakdowns. Sometimes there are unpleasant odors coming from the garbage disposal or you might even hear strange sounds.
While these issues might not warrant the necessity of an emergency plumber, you can contact MainLine Plumbing to schedule an inspection. However, if your garbage disposal is leaking or smoking, you can count on an emergency plumber from our team for fast service. We’ll visit your Pompano Beach, FL home to inspect the problem and provide the necessary fix.
A slow drain is a sign that a clog could be forming. Slow drains are a commonplace post-holiday season problem. Food debris like flour from baking activities can easily wind up in the drain. Cooking grease from roast turkey and other food-related items can easily get caught in the bends of your drain system where they will harden and continue to collect other food waste as it flows through the drain.
The result, of course, is that your drain begins to flow slowly. Most people don’t need an emergency plumber to address their slow drain unless the drain actually becomes clogged. A single slow drain is usually indicative of a localized plumbing problem; that means that the developing clog is probably quite close to the sink in question.
On the other hand, if you have multiple slow drains, you could have a clog forming in your sewer line, and that’s definitely a cause of concern. Sewer line clogs will stop up your entire plumbing system. They can cause wastewater to back up into your home. In these cases, you need an emergency plumber from MainLine Plumbing to provide fast service.
If you have a clogged drain, an emergency plumber can help. After the holidays, most drain clogs involve food debris such as vegetable peels, grease, and fats caught in the drain. Clearing the clog is usually accomplished with a plumber’s drain snake. If the clog is quite stubborn, your plumbing pro might run the snake through the drain a few times to ensure that the debris is broken up and can be flushed down the drain with water.
Sometimes a clog occurs because the pipe is damaged. A clog can actually damage the pipe, requiring the necessity for repair and, sometimes, pipe replacement. This, too, is the job for an experienced emergency plumber. While it might be tempting to try a DIY solution, you can actually cause more damage to your plumbing system.
If your plumbing system has developed a stubborn clog, MainLine Plumbing can send a skilled plumbing pro to your Pompano Beach, FL home. As mentioned, snaking the drain or drain cleaning usually works, but if the clog happens to be located in the sewer system, a mechanical auger may be needed to clear the line.
Sewer Line Clogs
Depending on how much company you had over the holidays, it’s possible that your guests disposed of items down your toilets that shouldn’t be flushed. If these items make it to the sewer line, somehow managing not causing the toilet to back up, they can get lodged there and, eventually, cause a terrible clog to form.
Sewer line clogs are among the messiest and most inconvenient because they prevent the household from using any of the plumbing fixtures. A blocked sewer line will cause wastewater to come back up the drain, usually through floor drains, where it can create a major mess, possibly ruining flooring and drywall.
Your emergency plumber will use a mechanical auger to clear the clog. In most cases, this technique works well. If your sewer line is damaged, however, you might need sewer pipe replacement. Some repairs can be highly extensive. Your plumbing professional will explain your options if this situation happens to you.
If your toilet is overflowing and can’t be used, you might need immediate plumbing service, especially if it’s the only toilet in your home. All the additional use of your toilet may lead to a plumbing problem. If you can’t clear the clog using a household plunger, you may need plumbing services to unclog the toilet.
The holidays are a joyous time, but they can wreak havoc on households, including plumbing systems. Call our plumbing service for fast plumbing repairs and solutions if you have a plumbing emergency. At MainLine Plumbing, we’ll bring everything needed to resolve your plumbing issue quickly.