It’s the last seconds of the biggest game of the year. It comes down to one critical play. If homeowners didn’t tackle some plumbing precautions prior to kick-off, Mr. Rooter® Plumbing predicts their Super Bowl parties could turn into Toilet Bowl disasters.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption, according to the American Institute of Food Distribution. It’s behind only Thanksgiving, which is the busiest time of year for Mr. Rooter plumbers. "Much like the holidays, people pile into homes for Super Bowl parties, where they eat and drink more than usual,” said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter. "This can put a strain on your home’s plumbing."
With toilets and garbage disposals working overtime, chances of them getting clogged, overflowing and malfunctioning increase. Mr. Rooter Plumbing recommends homeowners prepare their bathrooms before their guests arrive, and keep an eye on their kitchens during the game.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing has six points to help prevent any plumbing interferences during the Super Bowl:
- Remove small objects and clutter on toilet tanks that could fall in, causing it to clog.
- Locate and learn how to use the water shut-off valve under the toilet tank in case of an emergency. (It’s a good idea to test it as well!)
- Ensure a trash bin is in the bathroom. Don't flush paper towels, napkins or facial tissue.
- Don’t overload garbage disposal with leftovers, which could lead to a clogged kitchen sink.
- Throw scraps in the trash or compost pile.
- Avoid pouring grease down the drain.
Once the game is over and the guests have left, homeowners may find their garbage disposal needs a cleaning. Mr. Rooter Plumbing has a simple, inexpensive way to deodorize it – all you need is ice cubes and citrus peels.
Just follow Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s advice:
- Pour a large bowlful of ice cubes and a cup of orange, lemon or lime peels in the disposal.
- Turn on cold water and run the disposal for 30-45 seconds.
- Finally, turn off the disposal and continue to rinse with hot water for 15 seconds.