- Do your best to keep the grease and cooking oils from your feast out of your kitchen sink drain. They harden up in drains, leaving you with a clog and a sinkful of dirty dishes! Instead of rinsing out soiled pots and pans in the sink, use a paper towel to wipe out all the grease you can and toss the towels in the trash.
- Be kind to your garbage disposal on this holiday especially - make sure turkey skin, celery, fruit and potato peels end up in the trash or compost to keep your disposal running smoothly. Any fibrous, stringy or starchy waste cannot be broken down sufficiently. Remember when in doubt, throw it out!
- Do not wait until your disposal is full of scraps before turning it on, this could overload it. Instead, turn it on before you put your turkey day leftovers in and run lots of water at the same time. It’s also a good idea to run water for a few seconds after you turn the disposal off.
- Family and friends staying at your home can put a strain on your plumbing, with the extra toilet flushing, laundry and showering. Be mindful of this and spread out showers in order to allow for your drains to catch up to the extra usage - plus this will ensure everyone gets a hot shower!
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are reflecting on all you have to be thankful for, your plumbing is working hard. (Along with whoever is in the kitchen!) With all of the extra food and guests, Thanksgiving is not only one of our favorite holidays but the busiest time of year for plumbers. Follow these guidelines to keep your drains and garbage disposal from gobbling up your Thanksgiving fun:
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