Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

Roto-Rooter Turkey BlogThanksgiving is right around the corner! A combination of holiday guests, meal preparation and cleanup can easily put a strain on your home's plumbing system.  The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the residential plumbers at Roto-Rooter and we are always prepared to tackle a variety of plumbing problems surrounding this holiday season.

Roto-Rooter suggests following the tips below to reduce the chance of a plumbing emergency this Thanksgiving:

  1. Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains as they solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and discard in the trash.
  2. Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently ground up.
  3. Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don't wait until it's full to turn it on.
  4. When hosting guests, it's a good idea to wait ten minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job and water has time to reheat.
  5. Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet. They don't dissolve and will cause clogs.
  6. Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive.
  7. As always, know your limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.

If you are in need of plumbing service this Thanksgiving, don't hesitate to call Roto-Rooter at 1-800-ROTO-911 (1-800-768-6911) or schedule service online.

 
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