Why Black Friday is plumbers' busiest day of the year
Plumbers say the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest of the year. Here's how you can avoid becoming a customer.
This post comes from Maryalene LaPonsie at partner site Money Talks News.
According to Roto-Rooter, Black Friday is the single busiest day for their residential plumbers. While the volume of guests may cause some problems in the bathroom, the kitchen is home to most issues. The company says its kitchen calls generally jump 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving.
Indoor plumbing is an amazing invention, and your kitchen sink can make clean-up a breeze. Pour in liquids or use the disposal to grind up scraps. Then, turn on the water and it all gets magically swept away. That is, except when it gets stuck in the pipes.
Yes, the No. 1 culprit for plumbing problems after Thanksgiving is homeowners trying to use their sink or garbage disposal as a garbage can.
Keep the water flowing smoothly by remembering these things should never be going down your sink, even if you have a garbage disposal:
- Cooking oils
- Potato and onion peels
- Fibrous vegetables like celery and pumpkin
- Skin from poultry
In the bathroom, the only thing going down the toilet other than what comes from your body should be toilet paper. That means cotton balls, swabs, cleansing cloths and similar items need to go into the trash, not flushed away. And that includes wipes that are labeled "flushable." Don't believe it.
Next, if you are having visitors, be aware of the demands you are putting on your plumbing system.
Ask guests to wait 15 minutes between showers to allow time for the drains to clear. Also make sure you have clean and empty trash receptacles in each bathroom so visitors won’t feel they have to flush away anything.
And after dinner, when your guests are helping with clean-up, put a garbage bin front and center so everyone knows to scrape the dishes there. If you do use your garbage disposal, start the water and disposal first before emptying plates of food into the sink.
Finally, if your drains are running slow, they are probably already partially clogged and primed to cause a major holiday headache.
You may be able to clear partially clogged pipes on your own using a store-bought drain cleaner. However, if your drains continue to run slow, it may be time to call in the pros. Sure, it will cost a little money, but you’d better believe you’ll pay more if you need to make an emergency call on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday.
So clear out your drains now, use some common sense strategies on Thanksgiving day and for the love of all that is good in the world, don’t dump the grease from the deep fried turkey down the drain.
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I usually skip by articles like this but I knew where this was going. I moved into a new house 35 years ago and invited my family to our first Thanksgiving in our new house. My dear 71 year old grandmother volunteered to peel the potatoes. The next day the plumber had to cut out a three foot section of the drain line as it was packed with peels. I was upset at the time but I would pay anything to have her here to clog the pipe one more time. Miss you grandmom. Cherish the day with your families everyone because these moments will surely end.
From experience, DO NOT allow pasta to go down your drain. Even if you have a disposal. It will harden in the pipes and become like concrete. Not an easy removal job. BEWARE! BE VERY AFRAID OF PASTA!!!
I've seen the potato filled sink drain and a freinds toiled clogged by believe it or not..... dental floss.....
The drain is not a trash can..... If it doesnt need to go down there..... Dont put it there......
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