Thanksgiving and the following day show a 50 percent spike in plumbing needs. In fact, Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for residential plumbers. And with all the food and guests that you’ll welcome to your home this holiday, it’s easy to see why. But there are several ways in which you can give your pipes a break at this year’s feast. Follow these plumbing-friendly practices and avoid disruption to the festivities.
This November 28, we will gather with friends and family to give thanks. We will pause for an evening to celebrate our provisions around a table of delicious food and commemorate a piece of American history. But as you prepare for the influx of guests and turkeys, make sure that your home is ready for the occasion. As the Thanksgiving host this year, ensure that everything from your famous apple pie to your home’s plumbing is prepared for the Thanksgiving undertaking.
Plumbing Tips For Thanksgiving:
- Refrain from throwing leftovers down the drain. First of all, leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving and you should save as many as you can! And second, doing so will likely cause a blockage in your drain. This is also true for any oils or fats that might be left in a pan. If they seep into your drain, they could solidify within your pipes and cause a blockage as well.
- Ensure that your disposal is working properly. As you conquer the post-feast stack of dishes, you will likely make good use of your disposal. So before the big event, you might consider checking to see that it is in full function. And to keep it operating well, we advise that you turn on your faucet while the disposal is running and for a short time after. This will help waste move through the disposal without getting stuck.
- Use a sink strainer. While the disposal is a great tool for preventing blockages, it should only be used for small pieces of food. Keep the larger, pipe-buster, pieces from causing problems with a strainer for your drain. Water can run through it easily without carrying your leftovers along with it. Then, you can simply throw out the compiled waste.
- Wait a bit between showers. If you’re welcoming overnight guests to your home this year, we recommend that you wait 10-15 minutes between consecutive showers. This will allow hair and other things that might block your pipes to pass through and disperse with plenty of time. The shower is another great place in which a strainer might come in handy.
- Do not use your dishwasher and disposal at the same time. The two appliances use the same drain. So, it is important that they are not used simultaneously as food waste from the disposal could end up in your wash cycle.
- Enforce a toilet paper-only rule. While you and your family may know the protocol, your visiting guests may not realize the importance of only flushing toilet paper. Things like wet wipes, paper towels, and feminine products are not designed to dissolve in water like toilet paper. So never put them where they shouldn’t belong!
- Call an expert when needed! Plumbing issues come up, especially during the holidays. So in the case of a blockage or a leak, do not try to fix the issue yourself. Call on a plumber to offer their expertise on the subject and get the job done right.
This Thanksgiving, as you welcome guests and prepare your feast, make sure to implement these pipe-friendly practices. They will help prevent plumbing mishaps that might come your way. And when you’ve done all you can and you’re still facing trouble, do not hesitate to give us a call at NIR Plumbing! We are your trusted Riverside and surrounding area plumber and we are prepared to serve your home’s plumbing needs! Call on us today!