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It’s always a battle to see who makes it to the first shower of the evening. If you fall last in line, chances are you’ll be shivering in the cold water. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a few easy ideas you can adopt so everyone has a warm, steamy shower.

Keep Your Shower Water Warm

Give 20 minutes between showers. The average home has a 40-gallon water heater tank, which will, on average, give you 20 minutes of hot water. The tank then needs about 20 minutes after the water is shut off to refill and rewarm the next batch of hot water. So, limit showers to 10 minutes and you can do two in a row. Then wait 20 minutes before the next two people shower.Buy a low-flow showerhead. For less than $20 you could replace your shower heads with low-flow versions. These shower heads can spray with the same pressure you have now, but save you on energy and water costs. They’ll also keep your guests from rapidly draining the water tank which means more people can shower in hot water.Run dishwasher and clothes washer at night or during times when no one is taking a shower. These machines are using up your hot water. Avoid running them when you and your guests are getting ready and you won’t have to wash up in frigid water.Check Your Heater to make sure it is in good condition. If your water heater has rust spots, corrosion, or just looks worn out consider having it serviced before your guests arrive. Doing so should 1) cause your water heater to work more efficiently so that it refills and heats water quickly, 2) extend the life of your unit, and 3) alert you to any leaks or internal issues that could cause your heater to burst while in use.

Prepare Your Drains

The last thing you want to do with your guests is waiting for a plumber to unclog your drains. Be proactive and prepare your drains by following these steps:

Hosting guests this holiday season may be the best part of your Christmas celebration. Don’t let everything come to a halt because of a few silly plumbing problems. These holiday plumbing tips will surely keep you from having a major disaster, but if you want more peace of mind a thorough inspection of your household plumbing can be done before Santa arrives.

Call our office today and one of our professional technicians will set your right as reindeer.

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