We hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving, though we hope you won’t extend us an invitation this year. Here’s some tips to help.
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, not drain-full. Clogged drains can be a disaster with family and friends in the house, and emergency service on the long Thanksgiving holiday period is expensive and frustrating.
A few key tips and sharing of stories past may help you enjoy the celebration and avoid the consternation (often times, it’s guests trying to help who may the big Thanksgiving mistakes that turn the celebration into a mess.
Turkey carcasses flushed down the toilet, clogging sewer lines. The turkey carcass should go straight into the garbage, not the toilet, and not ground up in a disposer.
Turkey trussing lacing strings or wires around garbage disposal blades. With a sink-full, chances are this just gets swept down the drain and surprise – your disposer is stuck!
Giblet bags clogging the disposal. Again, default to the trash for anything that you can – if it’s in the trash, it can’t clog your pipes.
Shot glasses or broken stuff (bottles, wine glasses, plates) clogging the garbage disposal. We know you are having fun, but the garbage disposal is no place for glass. If some gets in there, pull as much as you can with pliers before running the disposal. Be sure to unplug the disposal before attempting to remove any item!!
Garbage disposal packed to the top with potato peels marinating in greasy gravy. Helpers shoved everything they could into the disposal until it was filled to the top, then used cold water rather than hot to flush it. It all turned into a solid, gelatinous block.
Waste clogs: Think having 20 for Thanksgiving stresses you out? Ask your low-flush toilet if it is ready for the onslaught. More people and more food just mean more waste, particularly for low flush toilets. Do use non-fluffy toilet paper, tell people where ALL the toilets are in the house so that the work is divided between all units
THE BEST TIP: Before anything goes in the sink to get washed, its contents get wiped into the trash. Not only will this keep your assembly line flowing smoothly and with far less mess, it’ll keep your drains flowing smoothly and you’ll avoid inviting a plumber over for the holiday. Enjoy!
We are thankful for you!