5 Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips
By: Samantha Green
While most are out snagging deals on Black Friday, it’s a plumber’s busiest day of the year. In fact, plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving — and it’s no doubt why. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most frequently used rooms in a home on Turkey Day causing more plumbing incidents than normal. Having the whole family over plus lots of food and greasy dishes, although wonderful, can be detrimental to your plumbing and drains. Follow these five Thanksgiving plumbing tips to avoid a turkey bone down the garbage disposal and so you can enjoy time with your loved ones to the fullest.
1. Check to Make Sure the Disposal is Working
One easy and important thing you can do to avoid a clogged sink is to run water before putting food into the disposal. Turn on the faucet and the disposal for a few seconds to let the drain fill with water. Keep the water running a bit after turning off the disposal, as well, to avoid clogs from food waste.
2. Prepare Your House Before Thanksgiving
It can be tempting to put off a plumbing or drain issue until after the holidays. Try to get a professional out beforehand to check out any clogged drains or leaky toilets before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving turns a simple plumbing problem into something more serious. Plumbing needs maintenance like anything else and scheduling sink, toilet, shower, and water heater repairs before a family visit can go a long way.
3. Don’t Throw Leftovers Down the Drain
Your garbage disposal doesn’t work like a garbage can. Your sink can easily become clogged from an excess of sweet potatoes, turkey skin and bones, and grease. Throw leftovers in the trash or a compost pile and wipe up any greasy pots and pans with a paper towel and throw them in the trash.
4. Prevent Toilet Clogs
The unpleasant truth is that everyone poops. And with more guests and family members over, well, you get the point. The best way to avoid toilet clogs is by watching what goes down your toilet. The only things that should be flushed down a toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Everything else including, wet wipes, feminine products, Q-tips, cotton balls, cigarette butts, hair, paper towels, etc. needs to go in the garbage can. Placing a plunger in guest bathrooms can also save your guests the embarrassment of asking for one.
5. Cut Down On Shower Time
If you plan on having guests over for the holidays, try to spread showers out throughout the day so you can maintain hot water. Waiting at least 10 minutes between showers will also allow your pipes a chance to filter out hair and avoid clogs. If you have a storage water heater tank, cutting down on your time in the shower will make sure that everyone in the house gets a hot shower. You could also turn up the heat of your water heater slightly to retain more hot water for your guests, but do not exceed 125°F.
If you follow these simple tips, you’ll avoid having to invite a plumber to your Thanksgiving feast and won’t miss out on any Black Friday deals! If you do unfortunately run into any kind of drain or plumbing emergency, call the Plumber Whose Name is His Number 24/7! 1-866-758-6237