Whether you are hosting a birthday party for kids or a dinner party for your adult friends, having people over can put a strain on your residential plumbing system. Problems such as clogged drains or broken garbage disposals can occur when guests use systems they’re unfamiliar with. Follow the tips below to protect your plumbing and keep it running smoothly, so you can focus on having fun.

How to Protect Residential Plumbing During a Party

1. Put Out Trash Cans

If guests don’t see a trash can nearby when they need to throw out finished food or other items, they are more likely to put them down your kitchen’s garbage disposal or flush them down the toilet. This can lead to clogs if greasy food or hygiene products that don’t break down end up in the pipes.

Empty all of the trash cans in your home and make sure they are placed in the kitchen, bathroom, and any other spaces where guests will be. Leave them in plain sight and encourage guests to use them.

2. Address Slow Drains

plumberIf any of your home’s drains are moving slowly, it could mean anything from a clog in the pipe to a septic tank that is due for pumping.

Whatever the reason, the increased usage caused by the party could be the tipping point that causes a disaster. Bring in a plumber ahead of time to determine the cause of the slow drains and fix it.

3. Locate the Emergency Shut-Off

Even with preparation, accidents can happen. If you find yourself with an overflowing toilet or a leaking dishwasher, you will need to know how to shut off the water supply to avoid significant flooding.

Locate the whole-home shut-off and familiarize yourself with how to use it. Should the worst happen, simply turn off the water to prevent further damage and call the plumber.


The plumbing contractors at Arrowhead Plumbing in Lawrenceville, GA, will ensure your system is in working condition for your party. This family-owned company serves customers throughout Gwinnett, Fulton, and DeKalb counties with fair pricing and reliable solutions. If you need emergency plumbing service, they are available outside of regular business hours to provide prompt assistance. See the full list of residential plumbing services online and call (678) 226-2959 to schedule an appointment.