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5 Tips to Avoid the Plumber after Thanksgiving

5 Tips to Avoid the Plumber after Thanksgiving

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when shoppers clog the stores — and leftovers clog the pipes. Plumbers say the day after Thanksgiving is their single busiest day of the year. Here are five tips to help you avoid a plumber call after this year’s big Turkey Day.

1.  Quantity matters

Many of us have loved ones and friends over for Thanksgiving. That means the garbage disposal is getting one of its most robust workouts of the year. It also means that if you aren’t careful with what you put down the drain, the amount you are dumping into the sink on Thanksgiving could be a pipe clogger.

2.  It’s more than food

It’s not just food that is clogging kitchen drains around the country. Plumbers say they’re also getting calls to retrieve other items down the drain. These include pens, kid’s toys and jewelry. One bit of advice is to take off all your jewelry when it’s your turn to wash the dishes.

3.  Dem bones, gristle and fat

This is no happy tune on Thanksgiving. Turkey bones, gristle and fat should not go do down the drain, according to plumbers. The first bone may not break the garbage disposal, but your luck isn’t likely to last long. Also, onion and potato peelings are problematic, according to plumbers. They can form a paste once that are stuffed down the drained and soaked. This paste will eventually swell, forming a clog that can be too far away from the sink for a homeowner to handle.

4.  Say no to cooking oils

Of course, you can use cooking oil all you want on Thanksgiving, but if you don’t want to spend Friday with a plumber, say no to putting the oil down the drain. The same is true for fats. There is a lot of both of these during the preparation of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Plumbers say it’s smarter to put these in a container and throw it away with the rest of the trash. In fact, if you are unsure whether to put any food item down the drain, play it safe. That way, you won’t be watching football on the day after Thanksgiving with a plumber.

5.  Watch the kids

Thanksgiving celebrations often bring the entire family together, including kids of all different ages. Younger children can occasionally cause problems by stuffing the wrong items into the toilet to see if they can flush it away. Plumbers say that can include anything from diapers and tampons to kitty litter and dog toys. If an inappropriate item makes it down the toilet, it won’t take long before it clogs up the line, requiring that Friday call to the plumber.

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