Tampa-Based MaintenX Wants Offers Business Plumbing Tips To Prepare For Holiday Crowds

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Tampa-based MaintenX International offers local businesses plumbing tips for the busy holiday months.

With the additional holiday season customer traffic in stores, it’s important to be ready to handle the increased pressure on your plumbing system. MaintenX International wants to help local facility managers prepare for the season by thinking ahead about plumbing needs.

“The last thing you want is holiday cheer ruined by plumbing problems,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. "Bathrooms and kitchens in both your business and home can become strained. It’s best to be prepared and plan ahead.”

MaintenX International has helped local businesses with holiday preparation and maintenance for over 30 years. The following tips are to help make sure your holiday season flows easily.

1.    Be Kind to Your Drain
Drains clog when something foreign goes down the drain. Do not dispose of liquid fats or cooking oils in the kitchen sink. They can solidify and cause a major block in the system. It’s also important to properly use the garbage disposer. Run cold water and turn the disposer on prior to adding food waste. Avoid placing hard-to-grind or overly fibrous waste in your garbage disposer, and only add small batches of waste at a time.

2. Take the Plunge
A plunger is the first tool to utilize if your toilet becomes clogged. It’s important to have a few inches of water in the toilet bowl. The water creates a vacuum seal that allows the plunger to generate pressure and suction in the drain pipes. Don’t forget to clean and dry your plunger after use. If the plunger doesn’t fix the problem, you may need a toilet auger, which is commonly called a 'drain snake'.

3.    Prevent Frozen Pipes
The holiday season brings colder temperatures. If they fall below freezing, the water in your pipes expands and may cause the pipe to burst. Ice in a pipe can increase water pressure, which may lead to vulnerable pipe failure. To prevent pipes from freezing, you can insulate them, install them below the frost line underground, or install them in places that already have insulation or heating.

4.    Repair Broken Pipes
If a pipe bursts, turn off the water at the main line to prevent further flooding and water damage. Next, use the piping layout of your building to identify which pipe has cracked. When replacing the pipe, install insulation to prevent future damage. If you feel overwhelmed at any point, call a professional for assistance.

For more information about MaintenX, visit http://www.maintenx.com.

MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in the area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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