The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
According to Roto-Rooter, meal preparation and cleanup can lead to unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. Also, holiday guests who require additional laundry loads, showers, and toilet flushes can also put a strain on household plumbing.
“Often, the case is that a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed, until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system. Even more problematic is that virtually every traditional Thanksgiving dish is a drain clogging culprit,” Paul Abrams, a spokesperson for the company, said.
Here are some tips to avoid a clog:
- Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in the trash.
- Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.
- Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don’t wait until it’s full to turn it on.
- For homes hosting weekend guests, it’s a good idea to wait ten minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job.
- Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or wet wipes down a toilet. They don’t dissolve and will cause clogs. Place a wastebasket in the bathroom so these items won’t be flushed.
- Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before the guests arrive. However, in the case of holiday plumbing emergencies, don’t hesitate to ask a plumber, up front, about extra holiday service fees. As always, know your DIY limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.