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Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas day is approaching fast, so with just a few days to go, the CIPHE would like to wish everyone - especially all of its members, Industrial Associates and volunteers - a very merry Christmas.

Those of you who have been keen enough to see the CIPHE / Plumb Center survey statistics will know that a staggering one in four plumbing and heating engineers will abandon their turkey dinner if they get an emergency call. In fact they are the unsung heros of the festive period, with 56% having saved a family’s Christmas day by fixing a plumbing or heating problem.

Though this is comforting to know, plumbing and heating engineers want to spend time with their families too, and many emergencies can be avoided with a bit of common sense. To help make sure your Christmas day is full or cheer, make sure you follow these festive tips to keep the emergency plumbing or heating engineer from your door.

Don’t pour hot fat down your kitchen sink
Did you know that pouring hot fat into the kitchen sink (when washing roasting tins, etc.) will cool in the wastepipe, build up and cause a blockage? Wait for the fat to cool and solidify, then scrape it into a plastic container such as a margarine tub and then throw it in the bin. Do not pour it down the sink or you may have a plumbing emergency on Christmas day.

Extra people round? Make sure your loo is up to the job!
Did you know that toilets can easily get blocked and it’s normally because people flush items which do not break down in the waste pipes? Only toilet roll, poo and pee should be flushed down the toilet, wipes (even if they say they are suitable for flushing) and sanitary products should be disposed in a waste bin. If you have lots of guests over this Christmas the last thing you need is an overflowing toilet, so make sure you don’t flush anything you shouldn’t, or you could have a very nasty situation on your hands.

Be prepared
69% of plumbing and heating engineers offering an emergency service over the festive period saidthey would only come out for friends, family and known customers. If you don’t have a regular engineer and need a trustworthy plumbing or heating professional over the festive period then you can use our find a plumber online search tool.

The CIPHE’s head office will be closed from 12.30pm Friday 23rd December and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January. We wish you all a happy and restful Christmas.