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Top tips to avoid a plumbing disaster this Christmas

Christmas day is approaching fast, so with just a handful of days to go, there are a few handy things to know. Firstly, many plumbing and heating emergencies can be avoided with a bit of common sense.  Of course there will always be those unfortunate boiler breakdowns, but on the whole you can prepare for some of the common issues such as blocked sinks and toilets. 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 costly 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. Just last week Water UK announced the results of a survey finding that wipes (even if they say they are suitable for flushing) make up to 93% of material causing sewer blockages!

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. 

Regular maintenance is key
With just a few days to go, you are unlikely to squeeze a boiler service in if you haven’t already got round to it this year. Regular maintenance keeps appliances working effectively and efficiently. It also makes a costly breakdown less likely. So if you haven’t had your boiler serviced yet this year, get it booked in for as soon as possible - you don’t want to find yourself without heating as the temperatures drop.

Be prepared
Plumbing and heating engineers want to spend time with their families and loved ones too. Not everyone will offer an emergency call out service. In a survey complied last year by the CIPHE and Plumb Centre, 69% of plumbing and heating engineers offering an emergency service over the festive period said they 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.

Fingers crossed you won’t need our tips, but being safe is always better than being sorry. The CIPHE’s head office will be closed from 15.00pm Friday 22nd December and reopen at 09.00am on Tuesday 2nd January, but don’t worry our find a plumber tool will be online the whole time.  

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!