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10 Plumbing Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

How to avoid having to call a plumber on Thanksgiving.



Table full with plates with Thanksgiving food.

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, love, and bountiful meals. Yet, amidst all the cooking and hosting, there's another thing you should be thankful for: a problem-free plumbing system.


To ensure that your plumbing doesn’t become a surprise guest during the festivities, here are ten plumbing tips to keep your system in tip-top shape.


Tip #1 - Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Drain:


The oils from your turkey or any other dishes can solidify in your pipes, leading to potential clogs. Instead, pour grease into a disposable container and throw it in the trash.


Tip #2 - Be Mindful of Food Waste:


Avoid shoving large chunks of food down the disposal. Instead, scrape dishes thoroughly into the trash before rinsing or washing them.


Tip #3 - Run Cold Water with the Disposal:


When using your garbage disposal, always run cold water. This helps to solidify any fats or oils, making them easier to chop up and wash away.


Tip #4 - Space Out Showers:


If you have guests over, try to space out shower times. This gives your water heater a break and allows for more consistent water temperatures for everyone.


Tip #5 - Have a Plunger Handy:


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Tip #6 - Dispose of Waste Properly:


Remind guests not to flush anything other than toilet paper. Things like wipes, even if labeled "flushable," cotton balls, and feminine products should go in the trash.


Tip #7 - Check for Leaks:


Before your guests arrive, check faucets, toilets, and under-sink areas for leaks. Addressing minor issues early can prevent them from becoming major problems later on.


Tip #8 - Preventative Drain Treatment:


Consider using a natural drain treatment made from a mixture of equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Pour the mixture down the drain, wait for an hour, then flush with hot water. This can help prevent buildup and keep your drains flowing freely.


Tip #9 - Set Up a Trash & Recycling Area:


Having a designated area for trash and recycling can help avoid accidental disposals down the sink or toilet. Make sure to label and empty them as needed.


Tip #10 - Have a Trusted Plumber’s Number on Hand:


Despite your best efforts, unexpected issues can arise. It's always a good idea to have the number of a trusted plumber nearby, just in case you need professional assistance.



Need a Reliable Plumber This Thanksgiving?


Don't let plumbing issues ruin your festive mood. If you encounter any plumbing emergencies or just want a routine check before the big day, reach out to us! Our team is equipped and ready to tackle any challenge, ensuring that your Thanksgiving flows smoothly.


Contact Us Today for peace of mind during your holiday celebrations!



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