Thanksgiving Hints and Tips

Many people have started preparing for Thanksgiving. But did you know that for Brothers Plumbing Technicians, Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year? Plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving β€” and it’s no doubt why. Just think about it β€” you’ll delight in turkey and sweet potatoes, and soon, your wayward and greasy dishes will clog your drains.

Here are our top plumbing tips for Thanksgiving so you can stay sane and enjoy family time.

1: Don’t Throw Leftovers Down the Drain

Leftovers in the drainSure, throwing leftovers down the drain is easier, but this will almost certainly clog it. Instead, throw pieces in the trash or compost pile so there won’t be clogging. If you throw them down the drain, feed waste gradually to prevent overloading. Also, ensure never to pour fats or cooking oils in the drain as they solidify in pipes. Instead, use paper towels to wipe grease from pots, then throw them in the trash.

2: Make Sure the Disposal Is Running

Garbage DisposalAnother common mistake that can clog your drain is not turning your disposal before putting food into it. To avoid plumbing issues due to the garbage disposal, make sure you follow these steps.

  • Turn on the faucet to allow the drain to fill with water.
  • Please turn on the disposal before you put any food into it.
  • Keep the water dashing after turning it off so the waste won’t clog the drain.

3: Use a Sink Strainer

StrainerThe best way to prevent clogging your drain is to use a sink strainer to prevent any food from going down. This will keep the water running while ensuring no leftovers pass through it. In addition, the waste gathered in the filter can be thrown in the trash or compost pile once you’re done washing the dishes. Even the most challenging plumbing problems can be easily avoided with a little precaution.

4: Wait at least 10 Minutes Between Showers

clogged drain trapIf you’re hosting overnight guests, advise them to wait 10 minutes between showers so the hair moving through your plumbing has enough time to disperse and dispose of itself. If the additional hair doesn’t have adequate time to spread, it can clog or even back up your pipes β€” two situations requiring the assistance of a professional plumber like Brothers. Consider using a drain strainer to prevent hair from going down the drain β€” this is the safest option if you’re concerned about clogged drains and want to keep your pipes waste-free. Do not use products like Drain-O. Instead, consider using Bio-Clean as a safe alternative. Bio-Clean is non-toxic. It creates no heat, no fumes, and no boiling. It does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials, only organic waste like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton & sewage. This makes Bio-Clean safe for people, plumbing, and the environment. Bio-Clean changes the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide, and mineral ash, which run harmlessly out of your waste system. These elements are then available for plant life.

5: Have Your Plumbing and Drains Checked Out Before Thanksgiving

wrenchWhy wait until Thanksgiving to find out something is wrong with your drains or plumbing? Instead, call Brothers and get a reliable and highly skilled plumbing technician to inspect your system and ensure everything is fine. By doing so, you can rest assured knowing that if any clogs are present, they will be successfully removed by an expert in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Further problems, such as leaky pipes or dripping faucets, can also be diagnosed and resolved ahead of time.

6: Don’t Attempt to Fix the Problem Yourself

vanDon’t pick Thanksgiving to become a DIY expert. Know your limits β€” if you attempt to fix the problem yourself without accurately knowing the real problem, there’s a good chance you’ll instigate a significant plumbing disaster. Always keep a Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Electric number to call in the experts when plumbing issues strike.

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