Why the day after Thanksgiving keeps plumbers flooded with calls.
There’s a lot that goes into preparing your Thanksgiving meal. That also means there’s a lot that can go down your drain and disposal. All the cooking and entertaining that Thanksgiving brings, puts pressure on plumbing systems. It also creates extra work for plumbers.
Plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® say the day after Thanksgiving is consistently one of their busiest days of the year. In 2013 and 2014 calls for service more than doubled the day after Thanksgiving. The most common calls involved clogged drains, clogged toilets and damaged or nonworking garbage disposals. Here are some tips to prevent plumbing problems at your home during the holiday season:
- Use Water and Lots of It
A common mistake many people make is not using enough water with the disposal. Run water for more than just a few seconds when using the disposal. The water keeps the food moving through the drain and helps flush it out.
- The Trash Can or Compost Pile is Best
Fats, bones and vegetable peels can clog drains and damage the disposal. When fats and grease cool, put them into a disposable container or bag and throw it in the trash. If you have a compost pile, that’s a good place for peels. Anything that you can hold in your hand, throw it out instead.
- Preventative Maintenance Can Pay Off
If water drains slowly in your showers or sinks, and it’s been a while since you’ve had a plumbing inspection, now may be a good time to call a trusted plumbing professional. They can spot potential trouble areas. They can also help winterize your plumbing system for the colder weather to come. Cold temperatures can also put more stress on your pipes, drains, outdoor hose bibs and water heaters.
For holiday related plumbing information, contact your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. This video featuring Mike Rowe and plumbers from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has more helpful tips. Click this like to see more: https://vimeo.com/cwhs/holidaydrainhelp