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Labor Day Weekend Home Checklist

Are you throwing your annual Labor Day bash? We’re sure you have drinks, food, and entertainment covered - but what about your home? The last thing you want is for your home's systems to fail you in the middle of your big shindig.

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  • Make sure there are no leaks in your home by inspecting each plumbing fixture, appliance, and areas where plumbing lines run.
  • Test your garbage disposal, dishwasher, sinks, and toilets a few days leading up to the party. You don’t want to leave a guest stranded in the bathroom trying to figure out why the toilet won't flush while you’re in the kitchen handwashing dishes because the dishwasher won’t start.
  • Place a plunger and trash bin in each bathroom. This will allow guests to dispose of garbage properly (since flushing anything down the toilet is a HUGE no-no) and to remove any man-made clogs without embarrassment.


  • Test your HVAC system to see if it's turning on and off as it should be and that the home is being cooled when set.
  • Replace air filters for the month of September now, so the efficiency of your system is good to go for the party.
  • Keep the thermostat in the mid to low 70s during your Labor Day bash. This will allow your guests to stay cool when inside. Normally you want the temperature in the high 70s to keep your bills low, but with so many people around, this day can be an exception.


  • When a summer party is thrown, there’s no timetable to say when it’s going to end. That’s why outdoor lighting is so useful and important. For those without outdoor lighting, we guarantee it’ll make any outdoor gathering that much better.
  • For those who currently have outdoor lighting, test each set of lights. If any do not work or there is a bulb out, have them repaired before the weekend starts.
  • During the preparation, be mindful of how many appliances and electrical devices you have plugged in. Too many electrical items being used on one circuit can cause the circuit to break or a fuse to blow.

Labor Day parties should be about having a good time with friends and family, so make sure your home can handle them all! When you need HVAC, plumbing, or electrical services, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.