Thanksgiving is over! But with the holidays in full swing, plenty more feasts are still to come. Did you know the day after Thanksgiving is typically the busiest day of the year for plumbers? In this post, we’ll explain how to prevent a back-up after any of your feasts this holiday season.
PROTECTING YOUR PLUMBING
You probably know some basic rules of keeping your plumbing running smoothly. Don’t put turkey bones down the garbage disposal. Don’t pour grease down the sink. These are obvious solutions for most of the year, but after a big meal and dozens of dishes in your sink, it can be easy to let things slide. Don’t let it happen, and keep your sink safe by not letting these items down the drain:
- Kitchen oil, of any kind
- Butter (any kind of dairy can harden and clog up your pipes)
- Bones (turkey, chicken, steak…anything!)
- Tough vegetables (this can include things like celery – the strings can stop up the gears in your disposal)
- Coffee grounds
- Grease and greasy foods
- Pasta, including rice (it can expand in your pipes and cause problems)
- Non-food items
Issues can arise when any of these items end up going down your sink. Your garbage disposal will not dissolve anything and everything you stuff down it.
Here are a couple of simple tips:
- Scrape food from plates and other dishes into the trash.
- Thick, greasy foods (things like gravy are notorious for clogging sinks) can be wiped out with a paper towel and thrown away to avoid going down the drain.
- Once you’re done cleaning the kitchen, boil some water, and pour it down the sink. This will help loosen up the gunk that found its way down there.
- Every three months or so, pour some vinegar down the drain – this is good for routine maintenance.