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Are You Making These 3 Mistakes When Preparing for Holiday Guests?

With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the way, you’re busy getting everything ready for your guests.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the way, you’re busy getting everything ready for your guests.

But amid cleaning the guests rooms and preparing for meals, you may be making the 3 common mistakes that can ruin the experience for your guests.

1) Getting too stressed out

Loosen up! We know you’ve got a lot going on right now. But a good host/hostess needs to make their guests feel comfortable. And if you’re all stressed out, your guests will see that and possibly feel guilty for troubling you.

Here are some easy ways to de-stress on the go that take 1 minute or less:

2) Forgetting that you’ll be using more hot water

More guests means more showers in the morning or night (depending on their fancy). That means you’re hot water tank is going to run out of hot water—fast.

So what can you do to make sure one of your guests don't get the a full frigid blast when it’s their time to shower?

First, make sure your water heater has been drained of sediment. Sediment in your water heater is minerals that have settled to the bottom of your water heater’s tank.

Sediment causes 2 problems:

  • Takes up space in the water heater, leaving less room for hot water to be heated
  • Covers the heating element, making your water heater run longer to heat up the water

Call a professional plumber to have your water heater’s tank drained. It should be drained every year.

Second, advise your guests to stagger when they take showers. Those who are early risers should take their showers an hour before everyone else to give your water heater time to refill and reheat more water.

3) Forgetting about fire safety

The holidays are filled with lots of cooking, candle lighting, fireplace ambiance and Christmas trees. However, it’s all these factors that lead to many devastating fires during the holidays.

Here are some fire safety tips you should follow during the holidays:

  • Test your fire detectors to see if they are working
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen in case of an emergency
  • Keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from the fireplace and electric heaters
  • Keep your Christmas tree well watered (dry trees are much lore likely to catch on fire)
  • Don’t make these 3 mistakes with your Christmas lights

From everyone here at Cool Today and Mr Plumber, we hope you enjoy the time you have with your family!


Cool Today provides award-winning air conditioning service to Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas like Bradenton, Tampa and Port Charlotte. If you have any questions about sediment in your water heater, talk to one of our experts for help.