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Holiday Plumbing Tips When Family Comes to Town

Holidays are one of the happiest, most memorable times of the year. They seem to be here before we know it. With them come family, friends, and more that come to town. While most might stay at the local hotel and spend some time with you, others, like close family, want to stay in the guest room and crash every moment of the day – that’s what family does, and we love them for it.

We love our families. We love spending time with them during the holidays. When relatives come to town, they upend our everyday routines in the best way possible. We’d be remiss as a plumbing company if we didn’t offer up some holiday plumbing tips to keep the water flowing and the smiles crackling with cheer when your house is full to the brim with the joy of family.

Holiday Plumbing Tips for Family Visits

Here are some of our best plumbing tips for family visits, as well as how to gently remind your guests about the house rules.

Mind the Kitchen Sink

We throw things down the kitchen sink like it’s nothing. Some know the rules. Some don’t. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, no food should ever go down the sink; if you have a garbage disposal, you can put some food down it but not everything. Things like eggshells, coffee grounds, honey, and grease should never be put down the kitchen sink.

Encourage your guests to throw food in the trash can, use a catcher to stop food from going down the drain, and consider printing out a list and posting by the sink to remind guests what they can and can’t put down it.

Leverage the Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher, use it, even if you don’t use it as often. It’ll make your life easier. Surprisingly dishwashers save more water than washing dishes by hand. A dishwasher is only as good as you load it. Maximize the space but keep space between each dish. Ensure to wash all dishes off thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher and run full loads to maximize efficiency.

To save yourself time and hassle, encourage your house guests to wash the dishes off and leave them in the sink for you or your family to load the dishwasher.

Cover the Shower Drains

Clogged shower drains are gross to clean up for anybody. Use a shower drain cover to prevent hair, debris, dead skin, and more from clogging the drain and making it run slowly, especially with more people showering than your home’s plumbing is used to. Make sure to spot clean the shower every day and keep an eye on any water flow issues from more frequent use.

Use the Toilet Properly

We’re not going to beat around the bush: sometimes toilets get clogged for many different reasons. Often, it’s because people flush the wrong things down one. Anything other than toilet paper shouldn’t go down the toilet – end of story. Feminine hygiene products should never be flushed. They should be thrown out in the trash can despite what the world’s told you your whole life. By ensuring your toilet only handles waste and toilet paper, you’ll prevent clogs and save your pipes from getting plugged, too.

Another handy sign like one for what can and can’t go down the kitchen sink might be handy for family during the holidays. Even having a separate mini trash can for feminine products is helpful if it’s that time of the month. Finally, keep an eye on the toilet daily and make sure to tackle clogs as soon as they pop up before the toilet overflows.

Keep an Eye on Slow Drains

If you notice any slow drains in your home, investigate immediately. This could mean a larger problem with your plumbing, although it most likely is from someone in your family not listening to your rules or going with the flow of what they do in their own home.

Look for any debris in the drain and remove it if you can see it, use a Zip-It tool for your shower drains, but stay away from over-the-counter drain cleaning products like Draino – they can do more harm than good. Call Mainstream for this one.

How to Talk to Family About Plumbing

It’s not a very cheerful topic but talking about plumbing with your family is essential to keeping your home in working order. Even if it’s not the holiday season, you should let them know how you use your home’s kitchen, bathroom, and other areas when you have guests. It’s simple:

  • Tell your family about any quirks in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Gently remind them if you see them doing something wrong
  • Spot check and clean up after them instead of causing a scene

You don’t want to cause any trouble, start any fights, or must deal with any issues during the holiday. By laying down the ground rules when they visit, you’ll avoid any unnecessary holiday drama from family or friends visiting from out of town.

Don’t Wait to Call Mainstream When Plumbing Problems Arise

Call Mainstream in for any holiday plumbing issue that comes up that you can’t fix yourself or don’t feel comfortable with. Things like frozen pipes, leaky water heaters, and more will cause more trouble than you want to deal with during the holidays. You can do much more harm than good trying to fix plumbing issues during the holidays – or any time of the year – so don’t delay and call Mainstream today.

Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Named Winner of BBB Torch Awards

Electric, HVAC, and plumbing company honored for its dedication to integrity and ethical business practices in Washington

Spokane Valley, WA – Oct. 28, 2021 Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been named as a Large Business of the Year winner for the 2021 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for the state of Washington.

Torch Awards for Ethics 2021 Winner The Torch Awards for Ethics is the most prestigious honor Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific (BBBGWP) bestows on businesses and charities operating within its eight-state service area. Winners and finalists are selected based on their commitment to their organization’s character, culture, customers, and community.

“We were thrilled to receive more than 300 Torch Awards submissions this year from businesses and charities alike,” said Tyler Andrew, President and CEO of BBBGWP. “It was truly inspiring to learn how each business makes a daily commitment to not only uphold ethical business practices, but also embody the true meaning of integrity. We hope this recognition helps the winners and finalists stand out in their local communities and encourage more businesses to operate with those same principles.”

Established in Spokane Valley in 2000, Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing illustrates their commitment by dedicating company time to education and improvement. We provide regular training to our technicians to keep them up to date on best practices and codes, so that you receive the best possible service. But getting the work done is only half the battle. That’s why we also provide customer service training to all our support staff, so you get the best customer experience possible.

“Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing is honored to be the 2021 Washington recipient of the BBB Torch Award,” said Elaine Damschen, President of Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. “First and foremost, I am so proud of our staff. A true reflection of the amazing humans that maintain the health, safety, and comfort of our community via electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing services with excellence and outstanding customer service. Second, I am grateful for Mainstream’s affiliation with the Better Business Bureau. In a world where hearsay is interpreted as facts and anyone can say anything on social media and believe it, the BBB gives me hope that good old-fashioned communication between the parties present at a transaction is still favored and the only way to resolve miscommunication and/or interpreted poor service. Mainstream will continue to proudly display the BBB’s seal of integrity and execute it! Finally, a huge thank you to our clients for allowing Mainstream the privilege of being in business.”

BBBGWP serves more than 20 million consumers in Alaska, Central Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Western Wyoming. Torch Awards winners from each state were announced as part of a virtual ceremony held on Oct. 28.

Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been the trusted name in home services for the Spokane and Northern Idaho area since 2000. If you need experienced electricians and technicians, you can trust Mainstream to get the job done right. We’ve built our business on customer satisfaction and loyalty, so you can rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to make sure your needs are met in a quick and professional manner.

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