It's said that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. While the majority of people are shopping on Black Friday, some percentage of the population must stay at home and wait for a plumber like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to unclog their pipes. A big part of the blame for Thanksgiving Day plumbing problems falls on homeowners who misuse their garbage disposals as they make a meal large enough to feed all their extended relatives. These plumbing tips will help you maintain your garbage disposal during the Thanksgiving holiday, so you won't be stuck at home waiting for a plumber on Black Friday.
- Fix any plumbing problems before Thanksgiving arrives. If your garbage disposal or sink already drains slowly, don't wait until it becomes an emergency situation to call a plumber.
- Clean the inside of your garbage disposal before Thanksgiving day. You can do this by putting ice, coarse salt, baking soda and ice water into the unit and turning it on. The ice and salt will wash away the grit and grime on the inside of the unit, while the baking soda and ice water will help flush away greasy foods coating the inside.
- Monitor any relatives who help you with the dishes. Just because you know how to use the garbage disposal properly doesn't mean that your relatives do. Watch over guests who want to help you with the dishes when it's time to clean up the meal.
- Keep your plumber's emergency hotline number on hand, just in case. If despite all your efforts your pipes still clog, you'll want to have a number on hand to call.
- On Thanksgiving day, don't grind anything stringy, starchy, doughy or fatty in your garbage disposal. This includes foods like celery (stringy), potatoes (starchy), pie dough (doughy), and gravy (fatty). These foods can get caught inside the pipes and lead to clogs. To dispose of these foods, either throw them away or compost them. Scrape off your dishes before putting them in the sink, to prevent these problematic foods from ending up in the garbage disposal.
- Don't fill the garbage disposal all the way before turning it on. Overloading your garbage disposal with foods before turning it on can lead to clogs.
With proper preparation and by using your garbage disposal properly, you can avoid plumbing disasters on Thanksgiving. Following these tips will allow you to enjoy the day with your relatives.