Common Easter Plumbing Problems & How to Avoid Them

March 18, 2024


“Hoppy” Easter, Friends! It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. At Blue Dot, we spend Easter with our families, which means there’s usually a great deal of activity circling through our homes. From kids hopped up on sugary Easter candy to relatives arguing about the indoor heating and cooling temp, there’s always a great deal of commotion!

Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, then you’re probably already looking for ways to survive extra family time while keeping your home safe. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can ensure “eggs-cellent” home comfort and avoid common Easter plumbing problems this holiday.

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How to Avoid Overstuffed Garbage Disposals

Got kids? Then you also have plenty of Easter candy filling your house and dyed eggs decorating baskets. And while colored eggs are festive and tasty, their shells don’t belong anywhere near your garbage disposal. Remember to toss eggshells in the trash can instead.

Other foods that you should avoid putting in the garbage disposal after Easter dinner include:

  • Ham fat
  • Animal bones
  • Coffee grinds
  • Grease
  • Potato peels
  • Citrus peels
  • Fruit pits
  • Onions
  • Pasta
  • Nuts
  • Easter candy

Follow these guidelines and you can easily escape overstuffing your garbage disposal and help prevent drain problems!

How to Prevent Toilet Clogs

Extra family members staying at your home means extra bathroom use, too. If you want to keep those pipes and toilets running smoothly, there are a few things you can do.

Toilets: Remind guests that toilets are for “TP only.” Unfortunately, toilet clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems. And those “clog culprits” are typical due to flushing items that should never be flushed. As a reminder, never flush any of the following items:

  • Paper towels
  • Toys
  • Plastic
  • Contact lenses
  • Bathroom wipes
  • Cotton balls

A simple, gentle reminder—such as a bathroom sign—is an easy way to remind guests that only TP goes in the toilet. It’s also a good idea to put your wastebasket in plain sight, so guests can easily dispose of any items.

How to Prep Your Drains

As a savvy homeowner, we know you schedule regular HVAC tune-ups with our team at Blue Dot. But do you also schedule drain cleaning service? If not, now’s the time to start—especially before those relatives arrive.

In addition, we also recommend investing in a hair catcher to place in your bathtub drain. Drain grabber tools also work well when hair and gunk has accumulated inside the drain. You can typically find these items at your local hardware store. Keep them on hand any time you have overnight guests!

How to Maintain Hot Water

Extra guests in your home, means extra showers! To ensure you and your guests have hot water during the holiday, it’s a good idea to schedule hot water heater maintenance. If you don’t, there’s a chance that your shower won’t be the only one giving you the cold shoulder. Of course, if your water heater is over 10 years old and you’ve been experiencing issues, you could be due for an updated model. Call Blue Dot and we can help.

Scheduling appointments with Blue Dot is easy. You can do it online here, or call us at 410.204.2662. Happy Easter!

Last Updated: April 11, 2024