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How To Avoid Clogged Drains This Holiday Season


Each year, the holidays bring about a lot of change to your home. The days are shorter; you spend more time at home. Cooking, baking, and entertaining guests all come with the territory.

Whether you are creating a Thanksgiving feast, or baking up a storm, you’ll quickly have problems if you attempt to stuff too much of your leftovers down the drain.

Every year, the end of the year signals a time when emergency calls to the plumber spike. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Stress is the highest.

Garbage disposals weren’t designed to replace the trash can. That means with the more you use it, the more you stuff down it, the better the chance of breaking down and causing you problems.

By applying a little common sense before the festivities begin, you can be one of the lucky ones this year that won’t have to pick up the phone and call.

What tips should you follow?

  • Don’t put large amounts of food down the garbage disposal. That includes turkey bones, skin, potato or onion peels.
  • Scrape plates and throw leftovers in the trash or compost pile, not down the garbage disposal.
  • Don’t let the drain backup before you turn on the disposal. Instead, gradually feed waste down to avoid overloading.
  • Never pour grease down the drain. Grease hardens on your pipes and slowly constricts the space allowed for flow.
  • Don’t operate the dishwasher if you have a problem. Some dishwashers empty into the disposal.
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