Thanksgiving probably isn’t your plumbing’s favorite holiday. In fact, Black Friday is consistently plumbers across the country’s busiest day of the year.
With large meals and guests staying for days, Thanksgiving can have a surprising impact on your plumbing. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of a costly clog or lingering leak.
Prevent a Plumbing Emergency This Thanksgiving
- Know what can and can’t go into the disposal. Remember, a garbage disposal is anything but a garbage. Especially if you’ll be entertaining friends and family who don’t have a disposal, make it known to them that turkey bones, pasta, and stringy vegetables can’t go down the sink. And when you do use the disposal, make sure it’s turned on before you throw food down.
- Have your toilets inspected for leaks and clogs. Just because you can flush your toilet, that doesn’t mean it’s in perfect working order. Your toilet will be flushed dozens of times on Thanksgiving, so make sure it’s up for the job.
- Prep your water heater. If friends and family will be staying for the week, make sure your water heater won’t run out of hot water 10 minutes into a shower. While your water heater should be able to run for hours, ask guests to wait 10-15 minutes before each shower.
- Schedule maintenance well before the holidays arrive. There’s nothing worse than waking up Thanksgiving or Christmas morning to a leaking pipe or sudden clog. Give yourself some piece of mind this season by scheduling your preventative maintenance today.