By Bellevue Plumbing Pro

The big game is just around the corner! You can host a party at your home with friends and family to watch your favorite football team play or just for the commercials.

However, like the holiday season, parties can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing. A plumbing problem is the last thing you want to have when there are a lot of people in your house.

These are the things you need to do in order to avoid a plumbing emergency so that you can have fun without worrying!

1. Take it easy with your garbage disposal

Watching the game and eating greasy foods, such as chicken wings, go hand-in-hand. For example, bones can get stuck in the garbage disposal, which could cause damage to the blades. Grease can also cause problems for your plumbing. Grease can cause blockages in your drains if it solidifies. Make sure you clean up any grease on your plates before flushing it down the toilet.

2. Clean your garbage disposal

Have you been cleaning your garbage disposal for a while? Grab some lemon peels and ice cubes if your garbage disposal is smelling strange. You’ll be able to make it smell fresh and clean in no time.

3. Make sure you take care of your toilet

There is an urban legend that half-time of big games sees more people flush their toilets than any other season, causing problems for the public sewer system. Although it has never been proved to be true, you can expect your toilet to see a lot more use if there are many people in your home. Now is the best time to get a plunger! Remember that your toilet is for flushing human waste and toilet paper only – no paper towels, or flushable wipes.

4. Call a plumber

Call your local plumber immediately if you suspect that your toilet may be having problems. If your toilet is not working properly, it is time to get a plumber to fix it.

5. Pay attention to any slow drains or blocked drains.

Preventative maintenance is crucial! We do not recommend liquid drain cleaners. They can cause damage to your pipes, especially if they are older. Also, the fumes can cause irritation to your eyes, throat, or lungs. These are our favorite all-natural bathroom and drain cleaners. If this doesn’t work, contact Bellevue Plumbing Pro to get help!

6. Make sure you are familiar with the shut-off valve in your home

This is something you should be aware of throughout the year, not just when entertaining guests. To prevent any further water damage, shut off the main water valve in your house if your house is leaking. Are you unsure where it is? This is how to find your shut off valve and turn it off.

If any plumbing issues arise before, during, or after the big game, and you would like professional service, don’t hesitate to call Bellevue Plumbing Pro at (509) 818-0536 or contact us online.