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Preventative Plumbing Care Helps Ensure a Disaster-Free Holiday.

HomeAdvisor’s personal finance expert recommends plumbing tips to prepare for the holidays

November 20, 2014 (Golden, Colo.) – According to data from HomeAdvisor*, hiring a handyman and plumber tops the list of most popular home requests during the holiday season. HomeAdvisor reports an increase in service requests for repairing faucets, fixtures and pipes during the months of November and December. Proper maintenance throughout the year can help homeowners prevent hiring a professional for an emergency repair.

“HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide reports that the average cost of repairing a clogged drain is $344,” explains HomeAdvisor’s personal finance expert, Leah Ingram. “Taking precautionary action can eliminate stress during the holidays as well as the extra cost of hiring a professional.”

Ingram provides four regular maintenance tips to prevent plumbing disasters:

  • Regularly pour boiling water with soap or baking soda down the drain to avoid buildup in the pipes. If using drain cleaners, be wary of combining multiple products as the chemicals may react violently and corrode the pipes.
  • Every few months, throw ice down the disposal to sharpen the blades and place lemon and orange peels down the drain to reduce odors.
  • When using the disposal, always run cold water and only put small amounts of food waste down the drain at a time.
  • Don’t put grease, bones, coffee grounds, pasta, fibrous or stringy vegetables, or egg shells down the drain as they may clog the garbage disposal. For more tips about garbage disposal maintenance, check out HomeAdvisor’s video about garbage disposal maintenance.

About HomeAdvisor                                                             

HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects.  HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required.  HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

Contact: Brooke Gabbert
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Direct: 303.963.8173

*Based on the number of service requests submitted on for a plumber or handyman between November 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013.