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Holidays and Plumbing

Enjoy the Holidays, Don't Clog Your Drain!

The holiday seasons are fast approaching.  Soon our homes will be filled with the familiar scents of turkey and trimmings or a plump holiday ham. Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, food and cheer. It is not the best time to have to make an emergency call for clogged drains. Plumbers say that Thanksgiving is their busiest season. Clogged drains can become a holiday disaster, so protect your plumbing this holiday season. Avoid putting these things down your drain this Thanksgiving.holidays and plumbing

The number one item to avoid pouring down the drain is that turkey oil or grease from ham.  There are many choices for preparing that main dish for Thanksgiving, roasting, smoking, barbecuing, and deep-frying, and no matter which method you pick your dinner is sure to be a hit with the family, but when your cleaning up remember you should not pour any oil or grease down any drain.  Even a small amount can cause drain clogs.

Keep your eye out for metal objects.  Usually a holiday meal means lots of dishes, and with lots of dishes it is easy for the smaller utensils to fall down into the drain.  It is also easy for small metal objects such as bottle caps or soda tabs to get lodged in drains.  Avoid the headache and make sure these items are not left in or around sinks where they can fall in.

Don't overload your garbage disposal with large food waste.  Keep your family happily stuffed this Thanksgiving but toss large scraps of food into the green trash containers.  Overloading your garbage disposal with large food waste can break it and clog up everything.

Avoid foods that can be potentially harmful to your disposal and drains.  Onion skins can wrap around your shredder ring and cause future problems.  Coffee grounds can accumulate in drains and cause clogs.  And stringy foods such as corn husks, celery, and asparagus can wrap around your garbage disposal and cause more problems.

Always be careful with products that cannot break down such as paper or plastic materials.  If these items get down into your drains they can clog  and back up your pipes.  Keep an eye out for items that can easily be discarded in the sink during the rush to prepare all those side dishes and desserts.

With all the holiday hustle and bustle nobody wants to lose time due to plumbing emergencies.  Keep those sinks clear and avoid those clogged drains.  Always check your sink for potential hazards before taking on the task of cleaning up those holiday dishes.  For more tips, for any questions you may have about plumbing or heating, or if you have a plumbing problem, contact Fox Plumbing and Heating.

Holidays and Plumbing - Be careful with your plumbing and enjoy your holidays!

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