Whether you decide to venture out to compete with the crowds on Black Friday, holiday season 2017 will begin as soon as you put down your Thanksgiving fork. As we mentioned in last week’s blog post, Thanksgiving is typically the busiest time of the year for residential plumbers. And that’s to be expected, given homeowners’ propensity to cook and dispose of food waste in creative ways, over a short period of time. This, combined with visitors using showers, bathtubs, toilets, water heaters and washing machines, takes a toll on everything including the kitchen sink! So, as we begin this season in earnest, follow these tips to avoid a holiday plumbing disaster.
With full houses, most plumbing customers classify their pipe, garbage disposal, sewage, and drainage-related problems as “emergencies,” requesting immediate service. Most expect dependable, quality, timely service and fair prices every day, including holidays. And, at JB Plumbing, we have been providing exactly that in an around the San Gabriel Valley for over 30 years.
How to Avoid a Holiday Plumbing Disaster
- If you’re hosting a family feast, check drains and plumbing well in advance to make sure drains operate fully and toilets quickly flush.
- Don’t pour cooking oil or other fats down the drain. Oils that solidify at room temperature will clump up in pipes and drains, creating disastrous clogs. Use paper towels to wipe grease from pots and pans throw the towels in the trash. If you’re left with too much oil to absorb with a towel, pour it into an empty jar or can. Then, when wastes solidify, dump the entire container into the trash can.
- Never put stringy, fibrous or starchy waste into the garbage disposal. These foods negatively impact drains. The list of holiday drain “no-no’s” includes: chicken and turkey skins, potato, onion and fruit peels and celery.
- Run water whenever you turn on your disposal. Don’t wait until tossing food into the drain to turn on the appliance or add water. Also, run the water for a while after the gears stop grinding, to make sure food has been sufficiently chopped and is efficiently running through your pipes.
- Using trash cans instead of kitchen sinks to prolong the life of your garbage disposal and keep pipes clear of debris.
- Don’t flush any part of your family feast down the toilet. No one knows who eats fruit cake, but for some unknown reason, people tend to serve it at Christmas parties. Encourage your guests to avoid it if they aren’t fans, instead of taking a helping only to flush it to oblivion. In the bathroom, don’t flush cotton balls, Q-Tips, hair or makeup sponges down the toilet. These dissolve, so they can create troublesome clogs.
- Advise overnight guests and family members to wait 10 minutes between showers to give hair and waste a chance to move through your plumbing. It’s critical to provide sufficient time to disperse and dispose of refuse without clogging or backing up your pipes.
At JB Plumbing in San Dimas, California, during the holidays and all year long, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you call JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.