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How to Prevent Plumbing Problems During Thanksgiving

Before the family members arrive and the food comes out, check out these tips for preventing plumbing problems during the holiday.

If you are dealing with a clogged drain, broken garbage disposal or any other plumbing problem, call your local plumber who’s available 24/7 – even on Thanksgiving.

They’ll be ready to provide quick and professional service that way you can get back to spending time with family and friends.

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Kitchen Plumbing

Be a Smart Chef

Fats, cooking oils, and grease can clog your drains. Use a paper towel to wipe grease out of pots, then throw it out.

Mind Your Scraps

Thanksgiving is all about food, and there may be some left on plates. Set up a garbage can with a sign so guests know to toss their scraps there.

Be Kind to Your Disposal

Turn the water on as you run your disposal, and let it run briefly after the disposal is off. Use citrus peels to deodorize your disposal. Learn more about how to maintain your garbage disposal.

Bathroom Plumbing

Clean It Up

Clean soap scum and hair out of sink and shower drains. This looks better and reduces the chances of clogs.

Take Your Time

Encourage guests to wait 10 minutes between showers. This lets slower drains do their job of moving water and hair.

Use the Commode Correctly

Print out signs asking guests not to flush anything that may cause a clog. Put a trashcan in every bathroom to remove the temptation to flush.

Whole House Plumbing

Educate the Adults

Find your main water shut-off valve and remember how to use it. Show your adult guests how to use it just in case of an emergency.

Watch the Washer

Check your washing machine's hoses before everyone arrives. Consider replacing rubber hoses with flexible stainless steel hoses.

Heat It Up

Before guests arrive, turn up your water heater so there's enough for all. Remember that the max temperature should be 125 degrees for safety and comfort.

Have more questions? Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Portland today - (503) 610-4183.

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