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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:

  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.
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