Avoid Holiday Disasters with Tips from Mr. Rooter

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  Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Mr. Rooter Plumbing. As always, opinions are all mine. 

During the holidays it gets busy and for some stressful. Rushing around making sure you have presents for all those on your list, getting everything ready for those special get-togethers, and making sure you have everything in your home in working order. One thing Canadians don’t realize during the holidays though is that winter can cause so many issues in your home and a lot of the times these disasters occur during the holiday season when most families are planning, celebrating and enjoying. How can we make sure we are doing our part to keep our pipes, and drains in tip-top shape and working order during these busy times?

Create a DIY emergency kit, and be prepared to avoid Holiday Disasters with Mr. Rooter! Mr. Rooter Plumbing is the busiest over the winter months than they are all year-round. Something I know I don’t don’t often think about when life is busy, and we are celebrating are my pipes. Could you imagine having friends and family over for dinner and celebrations and all of a sudden you’re plagued by a holiday disaster of your pipes being clogged and your home is now knee-deep in water? Or worse your kitchen garburator stops working just as the family is about to arrive for the big holiday meal? What do you do? My first instinct would be to call Mr. Rooter, but before you do and to help lessen the stress have a holiday emergency kit prepared so you are ready for simple issues that may arise. Doing so may also help keep your mind at ease and keep your focus on what’s important during the holidays, and that’s your family, not preventable disasters.

The Mr. Rooter DIY Emergency Holiday Toolkit:

To make sure you have what you need on hand build your own perfect emergency holiday toolkit with these items that will help prevent major disasters over the holidays.

  • Plunger: Keep those toilets unclogged
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: Help unclog those drains with these two simple yet highly effective drain uncloggers once combined
  • Sink Strainer: Trap food and avoid having them go down and clog your drains
  • Grease Holder: Use this as a reminder: Oil and Grease should never go near any drains. Use a grease holder to pour in leftover grease (once cooled) and save your pipes!
  • Essential Oils: Keep your toilets looking squeaky clean with Tea Tree and Lemon Essential Oils and use them to clean your garburator in the kitchen as well!
  • Flashlight: Under the sink can be dark, keep a small but bright flashlight nearby in case you need to crawl under the sink

Put your DIY Kit to Use:

  1. UNCLOGGING DRAINS: Having a house with 8 kids, and 10 people in total makes us no strangers to the clogged drain. Make up a mixture of 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup of vinegar, once combined it will start to fizz. Pour it immediately down the drain and let sit for an hour or overnight if you can. Flush with hot water!
  2. PREVENT DRAIN CLOGS: Using a sink strainer is a great way to avoid future clogs in your sinks.
  3. UNCLOGGING A TOILET: Do not keep flushing the toilet. Sometimes that isn’t always obvious in a panic when things won’t go down and you have a house full of guests but it will overflow the toilet. So, avoid continuous attempts to flush. Take our plunger, making sure you have a good connection with the plunger and toilet) and plunge with a good amount of force. Make sure to be quick, repetitive and push the blockage through. Makes sure the water is draining before you try to flush the toilet. Never pour harsh chemical drain cleaner down your toilet. Not only can they irritate skin, and eyes but also your pipes.
  4. CLEAN YOUR GARBURATOR: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your garburator, followed by a cup of vinegar, adding slowly (if you have a double sink, plug opposite side) While the mixture is fizzing, boil a pot of water and carefully pour boiling water down the drain. This will help rinse away debris the fizz mixture has then loosened. Now fill the drain with two cups of ice, adding 1 cup of rock or sea salt, and run garburator. Finally, to deodorize add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and lemon essential oil down the garburator while still on. Repeat weekly, or until unwanted smells are eliminated.

There you have it! The perfect DIY emergency kit and how to put it to use! Be prepared this holiday season. You never know when it will come in handy. But, don’t fret if a problem occurs that these simple steps can’t remedy. You can always call the pros at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, for any of your plumbing needs!


  • Reply Stacie November 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    These are all excellent things to have on hand when guests come to town. It’s kind of gross, but you DO need a plunger when family comes over on the holidays. I’m going to leave it at that.

  • Reply Danielle Smith November 21, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I have never thought about something like this, but it makes perfect sense! It would be terrible if something happened while family were over for the holidays!

  • Reply Elicit Folio November 21, 2018 at 8:55 am

    This is awesome! I love the DIY list of items that I should have in my home! Saving this article for sure just in case!

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore November 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    These are really awesome tips! Thanks for the great tips and reminders!

  • Reply Dwight Alleyne November 21, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Wow I didn’t think that simple household items can be a part of DIY emergency kit. But it definitely makes sense. You can never be too prepared. Thanks for sharing those tips!

  • Reply Tonia @TheChattyMomma November 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Great advice. I’ll have to grab some of those grease holders. I didn’t even know those were a thing. I’ve had to call Roto-Rooter and hearing the $500 estimate was not awesome. I just replaced my disposal a few weeks ago and I don’t need any more problems.

  • Reply Rosey November 21, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Preventative measures are definitely necessary. No one wants clogs any time, but especially not this time of year when company is over so often.

  • Reply Sara Welch November 22, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I learned years ago to never put grease down the drain. It causes so many problems.

  • Reply Wendy Polisi November 22, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Nothing can put a damper on the holiday celebrations like a clogged sink or toilet. Thank you for the tips and encouragement to be prepared.

  • Reply Autumn Murray November 22, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Great information to have in case this happens to someone during the holiday season. A clogged sink is never fun.

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