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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

Make Sure the Kitchen and Bathroom Are Ready for Thanksgiving Visitors!

For most people, the best part of Thanksgiving is getting to spend time with family. Sure, the food is amazing, but it’s made all the better by the company with whom it’s shared. But for those tasked with hosting all those loved ones, there are plenty of preparations to be made - making sure there are plenty of beds and blankets, shopping for supplies to make the big feast, etc. 

But one thing that often gets overlooked is making sure the home’s plumbing system is ready to handle the influx of visitors. All the cooking is one thing, but all those people sharing bathrooms is another. So here are a few tips for avoiding embarrassing plumbing fiascos and ensuring that the Turkey Day festivities go smoothly!

Is the Toilet In Need of Repairs?toilet

There’s no better place to start than the toilets when getting the home ready to receive visitors. After all, nothing can dampen the festive mood like a clogged or constantly running toilet. So homeowners should be on the lookout for signs that they may need toilet repairs.

If the toilet runs frequently or constantly makes noise, it usually means there’s a slow leak. Fortunately, one can typically fix this by replacing the flapper or fill valve. If the toilet is wobbly, won’t flush properly, or constantly gets clogged, repairs are in order. If there are visible cracks in the porcelain, water leaking onto the floor, or the toilet needs frequent repairs, it’s probably time for an all-out toilet replacement.

Kitchen Plumbing Checkupplumber

Next, since the kitchen is sure to see plenty of action over the holiday, it’s a good idea to make sure the kitchen plumbing is up to the task. For starters, a quality garbage disposal can make food prep and clean up so much easier (and less gross). But more importantly, it will help prevent kitchen sink clogs by grinding up food waste into tiny chunks that one can easily wash down the drain.

If the home’s range uses natural gas for heat, the homeowners would do well to have the gas lines, and the range itself inspected for leaks or other dangerous issues. A certified professional can clean the burners, check the gas connections, and inspect the exhaust system to ensure that one can cook up the feast safely. 

Consider Upgrading Old and Outdated Fixtures

Last but not least, the homeowners may want to take this opportunity to get rid of those ancient fixtures and replace them with elegant new ones. Many of today’s fixtures offer enhanced functionality as well as aesthetics. A new kitchen faucet with a built-in hose nozzle can make washing dishes a breeze - as can a wider, deeper sink basin or farmhouse-style sink.

Regarding sink replacement, why not replace that old pedestal sink in the bathroom with a stylish new vessel sink or vanity sink with plenty of counter space? All that extra room will come in handy with guests sharing the bathroom! A new shower enclosure complete with a rainfall showerhead can give the bathroom a luxurious and comfortable feel.

Of course, these are just a few ideas out of thousands of possibilities. And as nice as it is to impress visiting family members and make their stay more pleasant, upgrading the fixtures has a practical purpose. Many newer fixtures are designed to save water - so the money saved on utilities can go toward holiday gift shopping!

About Cajun Maintenance

Cajun Maintenance has been a trusted provider of plumbing services in Denham Springs, LA for over 10 years. Whether it’s a clogged pipe or a bathroom remodel, their courteous licensed technicians show up quickly and get the job done right the first time. They always provide up-front pricing, personalized solutions, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call now for plumbing services!