How-to Prevent Plumbing Clogs
Thanksgiving hosts can avoid a visit from their plumber over the holiday weekend by following these clog-preventing tips:
— Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw them in the trash.
— Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit and potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.
— Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don’t wait until it’s full to turn it on.
— For homes hosting weekend guests, it’s a good idea to wait ten minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job.
— Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet. They don’t dissolve and will cause plumbing clogs.
— Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive. However, in holiday emergencies, don’t hesitate to ask up front about extra holiday service fees.
As always, know your limits. Minor plumbing problems often turn into clogged drains and catastrophes if not handled properly.
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