Independence Day

Is Your Home Ready for this Year's Independence Day Festivities?

How To Prepare for Your Epic 4th of July Blowout!

Throwing the biggest and best Independence Day bash on the block is about more than just cooking up a delicious feast and making sure there are plenty of drinks in the fridge - as important as those things are. It's also about keeping the guests safe and happy and making sure everything goes smoothly. And that means making sure the home's plumbing is in good shape. 

Everything from the kitchen to the bathroom to the gas appliances needs to be ready to handle the day's festivities. A smelly drain, a clogged sink or toilet, or worst of all, a gas leak - these can all bring the fun to an abrupt end. So read on to learn a few ways to prevent any issues in advance to ensure a safe, fun, and free Fourth of July!

Install a New Garbage Disposalgarbage disposal

No 4th of July bash is complete without lots of great food. Prepping and cooking can be quite a time-consuming process for such a feast - but it's nothing compared to cleaning up once the party's over. And without a garbage disposal, the task becomes so much bigger (and nastier). 

All the little bits of scraps and food waste are no fun to scoop out of the drain grate - but the pieces that escape into the drain can lead to bigger problems, like a clogged sink. No one wants to spend their holiday evening contending with that! A garbage disposal can make short work of most foods, grinding them into harmless little pieces. And if the kitchen sink already has a garbage disposal, it's worth checking for problems before the big day - leaks, strange sounds, electrical issues, etc.

Have the Gas Lines Inspected

In homes that utilize natural gas for any appliances, it's a good idea to get all of the gas lines and gas-connected appliances inspected. This should be done regularly regardless, but there's no better time than before a big get-together if it hasn't been done in a while. A gas leak is hazardous and can't always be detected easily. A faulty burner or pilot light on an appliance can also lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or fire hazards. 

For the safety and well-being of everyone in the home and every guest, it's best to schedule a professional inspection with a qualified plumber or gas company technician to make sure everything is working properly.


Get the Bathroom Ready for All Those Guests

Of course, the kitchen isn't the only place that sees a lot of action during a party. With a big group of guests, the bathroom is sure to get plenty of use throughout the day. Giving it a good scrub goes without saying, but the plumbing fixtures may also need a little attention. 

A buildup of hair, dirt, and soap scum in the drains can cause them to drain slowly or back up and cause unpleasant odors. Pouring baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water down the drain may help, but a professional drain cleaning may be necessary in some cases. One should also check the toilet for cracks, leaks, a wobbly base, or flushing issues. Nothing crashes a party like a busted toilet, so it's always best to get it dealt with ahead of time!

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