Turkey Day Clog-Prevention Tips
What Goes Down The Drain?
Avoid calling a plumber this Thanksgiving. Dispose of food properly and enjoy the holiday without worry.
Reduce Plumbing Emergencies This Thanksgiving
Big holiday meal preparation and cleanup can lead to a lot of unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. Also, a house full of guests equates to additional toilet flushes, dishwashing, laundry and showers which puts a strain on a home's plumbing system.
Avoid a visit from your plumber this holiday by following these tips:
- 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.
- Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently ground up.
- Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don't wait until it's full to turn it on.
- 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.
- Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet. They don't dissolve and will cause clogs.
- Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive.
- As always, know your limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.