Thanksgiving is this Thursday and that means lots of great food and a horde of family members running amuck all over your home. And all of that extra traffic in your kitchen and bathroom puts a lot of stress on your pipes. So much stress in fact, that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
You’d probably like to avoid a major plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving. The good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you can!
Garbage Disposal 101:
- potato peels
- corn husks
- onion skins
(These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades)
(These absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, with can cause a clog)
- bones (turkey or otherwise)
- large seed pits
- fatty or greasy foods
- coffee grounds
Also, when using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time.
Protect your dishwasher
Make sure that all of the dishes are rinsed well before going into your dishwasher. Excess food can cause clogs and other plumbing problems.
If you are having overnight guests this Thanksgiving, having a drain hair catcher for the shower will be handy, if you want to help prevent clogs.
Have any “small” plumbing issues fixed before the holiday
Even the smallest plumbing issue can turn into a huge disaster on Thanksgiving. Save yourself a major headache by having one of our plumbing experts address all of your plumbing concerns before your guests arrive!
Don’t leave your toilets unprotected this Thanksgiving
Small children just seem to love flushing anything they can down the toilet. Additionally, it’s easy for kiddos to slip past distracted adults at Thanksgiving dinner. Keeping a closer eye on them or simply keeping the bathroom door shut will spare you from a monster clog.
Additionally, don’t allow guests to flush any of the following items:
- cotton balls
- disposable wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing)
- paper towels
- dental floss
Basically, anything that’s not toilet paper, shouldn’t be flushed.
Be prepared for an unforeseen plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving
Our plumbing experts, along with our heating and cooling experts and electricians will be on call for any emergencies this Thanksgiving and the day after. Just call us 1.888.9TIGER4 or contact us if the worst should happen this holiday!