The big holiday meal preparation and cleanup can lead to a lot of unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. Also, a house full of holiday guests who require additional clothes washing, showers and toilet flushes puts a strain on household plumbing. Incoming calls to Roto-Rooter, for kitchen jobs alone, will jump 50 percent above the average Friday. The four-day Thanksgiving weekend averages a 21 percent increase over any other Thursday through Sunday period during the year.
The company says Thanksgiving hosts can avoid a visit from their plumber over the holiday weekend by following these clog-preventing tips:
- Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in trash.
- Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down. I can tell you from personal experience that potato peels in the garbage disposal is a recipe for disaster.
- Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don't wait until it's full to turn it on.
- For homes hosting weekend guests, it's a good idea to wait ten minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job.
- Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive. However, in holiday emergencies, don't hesitate to ask up front about extra holiday service fees.
- As always, know your limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly. [where: 75230]