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3 Things To Avoid When Cooking For The Holidays

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 1:13pm

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers across the Country? Any idea why? For many people, Thanksgiving dinner is the biggest meal that hey cook of the entire year. In fact, some people only cook on Thanksgiving!

This means that people who are not as familiar with best practices in the kitchen are preparing and cleaning up a multi-course meal … and they’re on a deadline! The pressure of doing something unfamiliar, for a group of people with high expectations, within a specific amount of time does not make for the best decision-making process.

Sometimes, this scenario leads to things going down the drain and the garbage disposal that the plumbing system was not meant to handle. Under your kitchen sink is a configuration of pipes, fittings, and fixtures that are all delicately designed to bring clean water to your faucet, and carry dirty water away.

If you have a garbage disposal, then your plumbing configuration is designed to manage a small amount of food waste. But, there are many things that are not supposed to go down the kitchen drain. These include:

  • NEVER put grease, oil, or fat down the kitchen drain or garbage disposal. While these materials are liquid when they are hot, as soon as they hit the inside of the drain pipes they start to cool and solidify. Once you have pour grease or oil down your kitchen drain, you have created a sticky lump that will catch all other solid waste that goes down the drain … eventually leading to a major clog.
  • NEVER put bones down the drain or garbage disposal. It might seem that since the garbage disposal has sharp blades, that small animal bones can go down the drain no problem. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, animal bones are a really great way to severely damage your garbage disposal and harm the blades.
  • NEVER put over the counter drain cleaner down the drain or garbage disposal. The labels, marketing, and commercials for these items are very seductive. The idea being all you have to do is pour a jug of this corrosive chemical down the drain and the clog will disappear. Unfortunately, these claims are not exactly true. In fact, these products can be very damaging to your plumbing system by wearing down the inside lining of your pipes and causing weak spots.

If you have holiday plumbing emergency this season, don’t hesitate to contact your local plumbing service. But, following these simple rules can help to limit the chances of a clog or breakdown and keep your holiday meal go smoothly and without the hassle.

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