With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you will likely soon welcome hordes of family members and friends to your house. While you may be looking forward to the festivities, if you fail to take precautionary steps, crowds could equal problems for your bathroom and kitchen plumbing. In fact, the busiest day of the year for plumbers is Black Friday. So, as our holiday gift to you, here are a few tips for keeping your plumbing and pipes in tip-top shape this holiday:
- Don’t put bones, peels or skins in the garbage disposal. While it might be tempting to shove debris into the sink to get it off crowded countertops, such items can lead to a clog or disabled unit. And the last thing you want to face before serving is a backed-up sink. Although turkey meat is soft, bones are brittle.
- Thanksgiving is the perfect time to set up a compost pile. You needn’t invest in an expensive pail. Just use an old coffee can or large bowl for food-related waste. Or, if you prefer, stuff refuse into large plastic bags stowed under the sink. Better to err on the side of caution instead of having to pause the meal so you can address an unsightly backed-up drain.
- Never pour grease or other fats that harden down the drain. This is important not just for garbage disposal maintenance but also for pipes. Before you start cooking, grab empty Mason jars or open cans so you’ll have ready containers for grease and oil. Anything that solidifies at room temperature could do so in your pipes. Once fats have cooled and solidified, you can toss the entire can or scrape hardened oils into a lined trash can.
- Not only will your kitchen see extra traffic during Thanksgiving, but toilets are also in high holiday-demand. To make sure your tanks and bowls are set for the extra traffic, make sure your sewer line is in good shape before the first guest arrives.
- If you aren’t sure whether your toilet can handle the strain, while you’re cleaning the bowl, flush several times to make sure the mechanism is in good working order and toilet paper doesn’t sit in the tank after the flush.
- If the bowl drains slowly or starts to rise before emptying, call a qualified plumber, who can address the issue before it leads to more serious plumbing problems. At JB Plumbing, we not only use augers and snakes but have a professional Jetter Truck, which is perfect for big jobs, at residential and commercial locations.
- You may be surprised to learn that guests often use toilets to dispose of unwanted food. Make light of the situation to discourage the practice. While TP and biological waste dissolve quickly, most other items stick around in sewer pipes. So, it will be worthwhile to tell company to feel free to throw unwanted food into the trash instead of down the tank.
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At JB Plumbing in San Dimas, California, 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.