‘Tis the season to be thankful for your friends and family--but also for your plumbing too! Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for experienced plumbers, as so many plumbing disasters occur from the extra food and festivities we have going on at home. Avoid a Thanksgiving plumbing disaster with these simple tips:
Your Garbage Disposal is Not a Trash Can: We repeat, your garbage disposal should not be used to toss leftover foods carelessly. It’s important to know that your garbage disposal can only handle so much. Be mindful of what you’re putting down there to avoid it burning out. Stay away from foods such as: celery, potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, grease, oil, fat, bones, egg shells, pastas, rice, coffee.These items are difficult for the blades to grind up and can cause a blockage in your drain. And always remember to keep your disposal clean by pouring a small amount of dish soap inside, and rinsing it with cold water.
Remind Your Guests To Only Flush Toilet Paper: The holidays are filled with lots of visitors coming and going, so it’s important to remind them that the only thing that should be flushed down your toilet is toilet paper. Be sure to keep a small garbage in the bathroom for easy access to throw away cotton balls, cleaning wipes and paper towels. Other items that are tossed can put you at risk for a major clog and a Thanksgiving flood!
Space Out Your Showers: If you’ve got a house full of guests, wait at least 15 minutes between showers. This is important to replenish the hot water and to allow time for your drains to clear.
Fix Your Existing Plumbing Issues: We’ve all turned a blind out to that slight drip or leaky faucet once in awhile, but doing so can really set you up for a major turkey-day disaster! Make sure to fix all plumbing issues before Thanksgiving and before your guests arrive. Give the trusted professionals at A.B. May a call to ensure you and your guests have a flood-free, clogless and happy Thanksgiving!
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