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Tips for Plumbing on Thanksgiving

It’s almost that time of the year. Gobble, Gobble. That’s right Thanksgiving. Everyone knows that catastrophe always strikes when you have people over at your house. It’s when you want everything to go smoothly that it doesn’t. Whether it is a backed up toilet, blocked drain, broken faucet or silverware dropped into the garbage disposal – the day after Thanksgiving is the day when plumbers come to the rescue for homeowners all over the world.

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The augmented activity in the kitchen alongside with a large number of people using the shower, tub and toilet means that household plumbing will be used excessively, which isn’t exactly ideal.

Although Plumbing, Heating & Cooling plumbers should be available for emergency services on Thanksgiving Day, here are some tips I would like to provide to avoid having to call a plumber on Thanksgiving Day. Let’s face it, people do everything to avoid calling a plumber.

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Everyone hates the smell of good in the garbage bin, but your garbage disposal would love it if you scraped all leftover food, and waste into the trash can. If you absolutely have to use the garbage disposal, run warm water, turn the garbage disposal on, then add the food. Don’t wait till it’s full to start.

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A big no- no is pouring cooking oil or fat down drains, as they will harden in the pipes. As an alternative, you can wipe the grease with paper towels and place it in the trash. A sink strainer is also an inexpensive and easy way to prevent food from going down the drain. This will save your kitchen sink from clogging and backing up in the middle of Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving is a day for everyone to stuff their bellies with turkey and pie, and evidently the bathroom becomes the most popular room in the house. With all the waste and toilet paper filling the pipes, it’s more than likely that your toilet may begin to battle. A simple way to keep that toilet from backing up is to implement the “two-flush rule.” Flush twice to make sure everything goes down the toilet.

If you have never repaired a garbage disposal, unclogged a drain or fixed a backed-up toilet yourself, don’t choose Thanksgiving Day to become a plumbing expert! With all of the relatives at your house and a major meal being prepared, you do not want to end up with a major plumbing disaster by taking apart your plumbing, and potentially causing more damage than you can actually repair yourself.
I’d like to leave you with some thanksgiving statistics provided by Statistic Brain. This will show why it is that clogs get drained, considering how much food we actually consume on Thanksgiving. The total number of Turkeys that are consumed on Thanksgiving Day are 51,150,000. The total U.S. spending on Thanksgiving dinner food is $2,875,000,000. And the average household spending on Thanksgiving dinner is $56.18. For more stats you can check out Statistic Brain yourself.

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