Black Friday can be one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers due to the increase in guests using bathrooms and prepping food in the kitchen. Make the holiday season slightly less stressful by watching out for these three common problems this Thanksgiving.
3 Common Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems and How you Can Fix Them
1. Clogged Kitchen Sinks
During the Thanksgiving cooking frenzy, you may find yourself with a clogged sink. Most cases of these clogs are due to someone accidentally putting food down the drain.
Foods that contain fat, oil, and grease solidify in the sink as they cool down, causing the blockage. You should also avoid throwing pastas, bones, fibrous vegetables, or eggs shells down your drain as they can damage your garbage disposal.
The best way to avoid clogging or damaging your disposal this Thanksgiving is to throw out any foods that don't belong in your drain.
2. No Hot Water
After a long day of running around and cooking enough food for a Thanksgiving feast, all you might want to enjoy is a nice relaxing hot shower or bath. However, if you have a traditional water heater, you might find that all your guests have already used up all the hot water.
This problem occurs because your guests are using your hot water faster than your tank can resupply it. Your tank needs time to refill with cold water and then heat the water now filling your tank.
Unfortunately for you, this problem isn't something that can be fixed and usually needs time to heat up. Try setting up a shower schedule, where you space out shower times to give the water heater enough time to refill and reheat the water. Or, contact us to learn about the benefits of a tankless model.
3. Clogged Toilets
Sadly, not all guests have proper flush etiquette. Guests might use too much toilet paper, flush things they shouldn't, or not flush at all. This typically isn't a huge problem, but when several people are performing these flushing mistakes, it can cause a clog.
If your toilet gets clogged, you have a couple of options. Firstly you can try plunging your toilet. If the plunger doesn't work or you don't have one, try pouring near-boiling water into the bowl.
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