How to Prevent Christmas Plumbing Emergencies

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The holidays are the busiest time of year for plumbers. Last month, we discussed how to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems. This month, we’ve put together some info on how to prevent Christmas plumbing emergencies as you prepare for meals and house guests this holiday season.

Prepare for Holiday Meals

To prevent Christmas plumbing emergencies during meal prep and cleanup, make sure your garbage disposal is in good shape. Clear your disposal of debris and buildup by putting two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into the disposal and running the unit with cold water. This will help break up embedded sludge, causing the unit to run more smoothly. For more tips on garbage disposal and sink maintenance, check out our post on How to Eliminate Kitchen Sink Odors. Remember: always run your disposal with cold water, and never pour cooking oils or fats down the drain.

Avoid Christmas Plumbing Emergencies with the InSinkErator Pro

To ensure problem-free meal prep this Christmas, consider replacing your garbage disposal with a heavy-duty model like the InSinkErator Pro Garbage Disposer—the same model Tony uses in his own home. Click here for special pricing on a brand new InSinkErator Pro Garbage Disposer.

Prepare for House Guests

If your house is full of people during the holidays, you’ll be using a lot more water than usual. That means your home plumbing system will be put to the test. If your pipes and plumbing fixtures are pushed beyond their limits, Christmas plumbing emergencies may occur. Help prevent holiday plumbing problems by performing basic plumbing maintenance on all high-traffic toilets, sinks, and showers. The powder room toilet is a great place to start. To ensure it’s in top condition for house guests, follow our five simple toilet maintenance tips. Also, ask your guests to wait 15 minutes between showers. And gently remind them that the toilet is not a trash can.

Give the Gift of Sanitation

In the spirit of giving, consider twinning your toilet this holiday season! Did you know you can help provide safe conditions to those in need with Toilet Twinning? Learn more about this wonderful program here.

Protect Your Pipes

When trying to avoid Christmas plumbing emergencies, don’t forget about your pipes! It’s extremely important to make sure your plumbing lines are protected in freezing cold weather. For advice on how to prevent frozen or burst pipes during the harsh St. Louis winter, stay tuned for our next blog post.

Merry Christmas from the LaMartina family! We wish you the best of luck in preventing Christmas plumbing emergencies this year. If you run into any problems, call our office at (314) 501-9950 or email We’re here to help.