With Thanksgiving upon us, many people are preparing and getting ready for the upcoming holiday. However, your guest list and kitchen aren’t the only things that need attention. Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is one of the single business days of the year for plumbers? We here at Brothers Plumbing estimate that plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving! This increase in issues happens when homeowners allow the added strain of the holiday to overwhelm their plumbing.
It doesn’t take a plumber to see how Thanksgiving can take a toll on your lines. Thankfully, it isn’t difficult to avoid all of the plumbing issues that come along with the chaos of this holiday. All you have to do is follow these few tips to help you stay sane and enjoy quality time with your family.
Don’t Throw Leftovers Down the Drain
Sure, it’s easier to throw leftovers down the drain, but this will almost certainly clog it. Instead, separate your leftovers and dispose of them accordingly in the trash or compost pile. This step will help you prevent clogs from forming in your lines. If you absolutely have to dispose of some waste down your drain, feed it in gradually to prevent overloading. Also, make sure never to pour fats or cooking oils in the drain as they solidify in pipes. Use paper towels to wipe grease from pots, then throw the towels in the trash.
Make Sure The Disposal Is Running
Another common mistake that can clog your drain is not turning your disposal before putting food into it. To avoid garbage disposal issues, make sure you follow these steps.
- Turn on the faucet to allow the drain to fill with water.
- Turn on the disposal system before you put any food into it.
- Keep the water running for a short time after turning it off to ensure a clear flow.
Use a Sink Strainer
The best way to prevent clogging your drain is by using a sink strainer to prevent any food from going down. This strainer will keep the water running while making sure that no leftovers will pass through it. The waste gathered in the strainer can be thrown in the trash or compost pile.
This little bit of precaution can help avoid even the most challenging plumbing problems.
Wait At Least 10 Minutes Between Showers
If you’re hosting overnight guests, advise them to wait at least 10 minutes between showers. This waiting period will allow hair moving through your plumbing enough time to disperse and wash away. Without this period of time, hair can clog or even back up your pipes. Consider using a drain strainer to prevent any hair from going down the drain. This option helps prevent clogged drains and is a safe way to keep your pipes waste-free.
If you find that you’re suffering a hair clog after Thanksgiving, avoid products like Drain-O. Consider using Bio-Clean as a safe alternative. Bio-Clean is non-toxic, creating no heat, fumes, and requiring no boiling. It does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials, only organic waste like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton & sewage. 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. This targeted operation makes Bio-Clean safe for people, plumbing, and the environment.
Check Your Plumbing and Drains Before Thanksgiving
Why wait until Thanksgiving to find out that there’s something wrong with your drains or plumbing? Call Brothers to get a reliable and highly skilled plumbing technician to inspect your plumbing system and ensure everything is fine. By doing so, you can rest assured knowing that if any clogs are present, our experts will identify and successfully remove them in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Further problems, such as leaky pipes or dripping faucets, can also be diagnosed and resolved ahead of time.
Don’t Attempt To Fix the Problem Yourself
Don’t pick Thanksgiving to become a DIY expert. Know your limits — if you attempt to fix the problem yourself without accurately knowing the real problem, there’s a good chance you’ll instigate a major plumbing disaster. Always keep a Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Electric number at hand so you can call in the experts when plumbing issues strike.
When in New Mexico, you can also rely on the professional service provided by Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. ABQ Plumbing is a team of experts who provide Albuquerque plumbing services for the entire community and New Mexico.
Need to have your plumbing checked or fixed? Call Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric at 303.451.5057 or schedule online!