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Common Holiday Plumbing Problems

The holidays are here and whether you like it or not, that also means an influx of friends and family! Since we are fortunate enough to live along the coastline, the most popular destination is Myrtle Beach, which means we all end up playing host to everyone. Sure, tensions may run high but most of the time we all have a really fun time in the end. Unfortunately, your plumbing usually takes a beating. Below are a few common holiday plumbing problems that you may run into and ways you can remedy the problem without having to call a licensed plumber like 911!

The Garbage Disposal Isn’t Working

With so much food being consumed over the holidays, your garbage disposal is going to be pretty busy. It’s always frustrating when you go to flip it on and nothing happens. So what do you do? Well, if there is no noise at all, it’s an electrical issue. Simply hit the reset button and you should be good to go. If not, check your circuit breaker for an issue there. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the switch and will need the help of an electrician.

If you hear a humming noise, most likely something is jammed. Turn off the disposal, find the Allen wrench and stick it in the hole on the bottom of the disposal. You should be good to go!

The Bathtub Won’t Drain Properly

Your bathtub drain will clog when there is too much soap, hair and/or gunk. Remove the drain with a screwdriver, insert a drain stick ($5-$20), shimmy it on down and pull up. You will encounter an unpleasant sight, but it should address your issue. For severe clogs, a chemical product like Drano is recommended.

The Toilet Is Clogged

Ah yes, this dreaded scenario. There’s nothing worse than going #2, flushing and nothing happens. What now? First step is to locate the plunger. That should dislocate whatever is caught up in there. You can also try pouring shampoo or dish soap into the toilet. Just don’t leave an embarrassing surprise for the next bathroom visitor…