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Top tips to keep your Christmas merry!

We’ll be shutting down for our Christmas break later today, and so to help avoid plumbing disasters this yuletide, we have the following festive tips to keep the emergency plumbing and heating engineering specialist 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 this Christmas. Find out more in our latest press release.

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 that 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 easily have a very unpleasant situation on your hands.

Going away For Christmas or NYE? 
If you are leaving your home empty for a couple of days, make sure you have read the small print on your insurance to see if you need to take precautions against frozen and burst pipes. Check out our top tips for protecting your home during the festive period.

Be prepared
In a survey, 69% of plumbing and heating engineering professionals offering an emergency service over the festive period said they would only come out for friends, family and known customers. If you find yourself facing an emergency, check out our plumbing emergencies page. And if you don’t already have a regular specialist, use our find a plumber online search tool to find a professional tradesperson.

Don’t forget if you do have to call in a plumber or heating engineering expert over Christmas, ask what their rates are before they come out to you. Just like the rest of us, they want to spend time with their families at this special time of year and may charge extra, especially if you are calling them away from their Christmas dinner on Christmas day! 

The CIPHE’s head office will be closed from 2pm Monday 24 December and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January. We wish everyone - especially all of our members, Industrial Associates and volunteers - a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!