Thanksgiving is usually synonymous with family gatherings, feasts of epic proportions and of course, fun. But with a major meal being prepared and all your relatives in the house, this holiday can be stressful for Erie household drains. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for Erie plumbers all over the country.
Here are some helpful suggestions to avoid a plumbing disaster this thanksgiving.
Take care of minor clogs
Unless your plumbing is bad shape, your pipes won’t get clogged in one day. Plumbing problems usually build up over a period of weeks. The added stress on thanksgiving only makes the situation worse. If you have a problematic drain, we recommend that you call a plumber and take care of the issue before Thanksgiving or before your guests arrive.
Don’t throw grease down the drain
We all know the consequences of throwing grease and fat down the drain. But for harried cooks who need to prepare several dishes within the day, the easiest way to get rid of fat is down the drain. But if you do, you may have to spend the day after Thanksgiving stressing over a clogged kitchen sink rather than Black Friday shopping.
Fats, grease and cooking oil can congeal and solidify in your pipes, causing it to clog. When disposing fats and grease, place it in a plastic bottle and then dispose of it in the trash can. We also recommend wiping off greasy pans and plates before putting them in the sink.
Use the garbage disposal wisely
It can be tempting to send large pieces of food down the garbage disposal. Keep in mind, though, that overloading the garbage disposal can lead to serious plumbing problems.
Given that there will be large amounts of waste and food peelings, it is best to put them in the trash can. Avoid throwing potato peels, cranberry sauce, bits of turkey fat, bones and gravy down the drain.
Don’t treat the toilet bowl like a trash can
With a wide mouth and a relatively powerful drainage, a lot of people are tempted to throw things like tampons, cigarette butts, condoms, medications and others down the toilet. Remember, anything that is not created by your body should not be flushed in the toilet. You have your trash can for that.
Wait in between showers
If you are planning to have the whole family to stay in your house over the holiday, advice guests to wait 10 minutes between showers to give drains time to clear. It is also a good idea to put drain strainers to keep hair and small items from slipping down the drain.