It’s that time of year – time for the drains to clog! Wait, no…. it’sholiday season! That means lots of cooking and feasting, and guests galore. While you may love having friends and family over, here are some reminders so you won’t have the plumber visiting, too! After all, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest plumbing day of the year!
Wait! Don’t put that down the drain!
- I don’t have to remind you not to put grease, oil, and fats down the drain…right? Well, just in case, don’t put grease, oil, and fats down the drain!
- Not everything needs to go in the garbage disposal. Don’t use a garbage disposal like a trash can, because it’s not. It’s there for convenience sake, so if there are scraps in the sink, you can consider running them – but be aware of the things you shouldn’t ever shove in the disposal. Avoid starchy foods like bread or pastas, meat and bones, fibrous vegetables like celery and potatoes, coffee grounds, and egg shells.
- Rinse your plates thoroughly before throwing them in the dish washer. Some of the more modern dishwashers can account for big chunks of food, but not all of them. To keep food from clogging the dishwasher, and you being stuck with a feast’s worth of dishes, make sure to rinse everything first. Sure, it might add a couple minutes to your clean-up, but you won’t be taking apart the dishwasher on Friday morning.
- Don’t flush “flushable” wipes (technically, many things can flush, but they don’t need to be flushed since they won’t break down correctly.) If it doesn’t need to be flushed, avoid throwing it in the toilet. Cotton swabs? Nope, skip it. Paper towels? No – use the trash bin. These things can quickly clog your drains and ruin your day. It should go without saying to do this the entire year, but nobody wants to be plunging a toilet while the green bean casserole is getting cold on the table.
Old pipes? Septic system?
- If you have an older home or a septic system, time showers – inform company that are staying over to keep the showers shorter, and space them out. Allow at least 15 to 20 minutes between showers. (An easy tip is to see if some guests are willing to shower at night, and some in the morning.) This way, your drains can clear completely before the next guest turns on the shower.
- Do the majority of your laundry before guests arrive. Space out laundry loads whenever possible, and make sure you’re doing full loads rather than partial loads. Your drains will thank you!
- Have your drains been draining more slowly lately? Don’t wait until after the holiday to call for help. You’ll be glad you dealt with those pesky plumbing issues before they become bigger problems.
- Going away for the holidays? Keep your home’s thermostat at a reasonable 55 degrees to avoid frozen pipes, and consider opening the cabinets below sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
And remember… Have Happy Thanksgiving!