The holiday season will see a large number of family, friends and other visitors in the home. More people in the house not only means more cooking, laughter and fighting, it also results in a heavier demand on the home’s piping system.

These easy tips will allow householders to keep sinks, toilets and drains working smoothly throughout the festival season.

Grease and un-flushable items

Avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain and discourage the throwing of un-flushable items down the toilet. Oil and grease can have a detrimental effect on drainage, as these substances tend to build up in the piping system.

Un-flushable items such as baby wipes, dental floss and cotton balls can create an instant blockage. Use a sign to remind visitors to use the rubbish bin instead of the toilet for un-flushable items.

Snake the toilet

Use a toilet auger or ‘snake’ to dislodge minor blogs before they have a chance to create major blockages. Take this action as soon as there is any sign of the toilet draining more slowly than usual to prevent excess damage from occurring.

Drain cleaners

Another preventative measure to take is to use a drain cleaner to clear out any minor or major clogs as they happen. While chemicals are generally not recommended for plumbing systems (as they can cause significant damage), they can be useful for emergencies.