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  • Decorate Your Toilet Like a Christmas Tree and Other Bathroom Tips!

    There is an old joke that a dog sees his owner decorating the Christmas tree and thinks, “Finally! Indoor plumbing!”

    Now hopefully your pup won’t make that mistake, but we do have some tips to make your bathroom more festive.

    Christmas has more decorations than any other holiday (although Halloween and 4th of July might have a solid counter-argument), but one room that gets overlooked is the bathroom. The exterior of the house is covered in lights, the family room has the tree, and the kitchen smells like gingerbread cookies.

    Meanwhile, your bathroom has the same-old scenery and scent. You walk out of a winter wonderland and into a public urinal.

    That’s why we have some bathroom decorating tips to add a little flare this holiday season. Check them out!

    • Scented candles – Find aromas like pine tree, spiced apple cider, or peppermint to treat your nose to some holiday cheer.
    • Dress your toilet like a tree – You can attach a felt or paper tree to the tank with ornaments and lights. That will add some flare!
    • Shower curtain – Buy a festive shower curtain to use during the season.
    • Christmas lights – Hang a strand over your mirror.
    • TPresents – Wrap the extra toilet paper rolls in Christmas paper, so people feel like they are unwrapping a gift whenever they finish a roll.
    • Music – Play a Christmas soundtrack in your restroom.

    However you choose to be merry, don’t forget about the bathroom. It should be a fun way to spice up the holidays, as long as Santa knows which tree to deliver the presents to!

  • Holiday Plumbing Tips: Preventing an Emergency

    Season’s Greetings from Rooter Experts!

    The holidays are a hectic time of year- full of shopping, baking, decorating, and celebrating- and the last thing you want is to call a plumber out to your house to deal with an emergency.

    With that said, we would like offer you some tips to prevent a disaster and keep your plumbing operation during the Christmas season.

    1) Make a List, and Check it Twice!

    One of the biggest contributors to toilet clogs is an increased amount of usage. During the holidays, when relatives are in town and parties are being thrown, the toilet get used far more often than normal.

    Go through your house and make a list of every appliance that may need preventative plumbing performed. Check for poor drainage, clogs, and leaks. You can do it yourself or hire a professional, but either way it is better to prevent a problem than have to fix it while your family unwraps presents.

    2) Using the Garbage Disposal for Trash = Naughty List

    Families do more cooking during the holidays, which can create more pressure to quickly whip out a big meal. Chefs take shortcuts, such as washing waste down the kitchen drain, rather than throwing it into the garbage can.

    The problem is that animal fats, grease, and oil can congeal in the disposal causing backups and the blades to stop rotating. Make sure you properly dispose of these products.

    Likewise, seasonal nuts are always a favorite, but the shells can damage garbage disposal blades. Put these in the trash or compost.

    3) Beat the White Christmas with a Warm Shower

    I know it rarely snows in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t change the fact that most people prefer a warm shower in the morning. With house guests, the hot water can get overworked and get cold quickly.

    Along with staggering showers to maintain hot water, you should drain your tank before the season. Sediment builds up in the tank over time, so an occasional draining will remove it. This will optimize your water heater’s performance,

    I Ho, Ho, Hope these plumbing tips keep your holidays full of peace and good cheer!