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Avoid Clogs this Thanksgiving

Posted On: November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While you’re probably looking forward to eating the amazing food and spending time with family and friends, drain clogs are most likely not at the top of your list of Thanksgiving activities.

You may not be aware of this but, Thanksgiving is terrible on your pipes; quite frankly it is one of the worst things that can happen to your pipes.

Plumbing service calls have increased by over 50% the day after Thanksgiving. While this is a large increase, your home doesn’t have to be part of this statistic.

You can avoid Thanksgiving plumbing clogs by not pouring these things down the drain:

Turkey bones: You may think throwing small turkey bones down the drain is harmless but turkey bones can fully destroy your garbage disposal.

Turkey grease: Turkey drippings that fall into the sink can cause havoc on your pipes. Oftentimes, homemade Thanksgiving gravy can call for turkey drippings. Turkey drippings are the grease, fat and oil from the turkey. When hot turkey grease is in liquid form it will slide right down the drain. However, the real problem arises when it solidifies once cool, this is when the drain becomes clogged.

Potato skins: In large numbers can create a paste that clogs up the drains.

Rice and pasta: When pasta and rice are put in water they expand. When poured down the drain this expansion will occur in the pipes, oftentimes creating a glue like substance. In turn a clog may form.

Eggshells, celery and onions: If you have a garbage disposal the stringy parts of these foods may wrap around it, causing it to stop working.

Don’t let a clog ruin your Thanksgiving. Instead choose to avoid a clog. Remind yourself and those who are helping you in the kitchen of the foods that shouldn’t be poured down the drain.

If a clog does happen there’s no need to worry. Give us a call, we’re here to help.

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