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How to Prevent A Thanksgiving Plumbing Problem

Thanksgiving might be defined by a delicious meal, or watching football on the couch, or reminiscing about what we are thankful for. But in the plumbing industry, it is known as the eve of one of the busiest days of the year.

Whether it is a clogged kitchen sink, a broken garbage disposal or a toilet that won’t flush anymore, many homeowners are often introduced to their local plumber the day after Thanksgiving festivities. Of course, at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we are always pleased to meet our neighbors and happy to provide emergency drain cleaning services 24/7. But we also want to help you be prepared and prevent inconvenient plumbing issues.

And while this may be the year of a smaller gathering, due to COVID-19, our professional plumbers recommend these expert tips to ensure your home’s plumbing makes it through the holidays!

1. Don’t put scraps down the kitchen sink.

A kitchen garbage can for food scraps.

The kitchen is a busy place during Thanksgiving, which makes it vulnerable to bad decisions when it comes to disposing food scraps. Whether peeling potatoes in the sink or scraping leftover food off your plate, the kitchen sink should never be treated like a garbage can. Instead, place a garbage bag in an accessible area where everyone can easily throw away their food.

If your kitchen sink drain does happen to get clogged, count on Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a quick solution any time, any day.

2. Properly clean off greasy cookware.

Wiping out grease in a pan with a paper towel.

When you have a sink full of pots, pans and dirty dishes, the easy thing to do is just rinse them off with some soap and water. However, prior to washing, make sure to clean off any fats, oils or grease (FOG) with a paper towel. If this simple step is skipped, FOG will build up and form into a clog over time, leading to major long-term issues in the sewer line.

Concerned about grease build up in your kitchen drain line? Check out Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s eco-friendly drain product, BioChoiceES®, which can help prevent drain blockages.

3. Treating the garbage disposal with care.

Citrus fruits are a safe way to freshen up a garbage disposal.

There can be a lot of confusion around what is safe versus unsafe to put down the garbage disposal. But during this time of the year, a working garbage disposal is critical for kitchen clean-up. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we always recommend a cautious approach – and like all drains, not everything should go down the disposal. Here are some professional tips for the garbage disposal do’s and don’ts.

Also, if your garbage disposal has an unfavorable odor, try throwing some citrus peels into the disposal and then running some water while it’s turned on. This should help freshen up the smell!

4. Avoid clogged drains with preventative maintenance.

An overflowing drain or sink due to clogged drains.

Dealing with drain cleaning issues is inconvenient – especially if you’re expecting out-of-town visitors. Be sure your bathrooms are flowing smoothly with some simple preventative maintenance. Clearing a slow drain can be tricky, but when you call Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we’re prepared to immediately solve the issue. We provide exceptional value and long-term solutions for all of your drain cleaning needs.

Learn more about our drain cleaning services. Whether you’re located in Beaverton, Tigard or Hillsboro – we’re ready to serve you 24/7!

5. Keeping your bathroom in top-notch shape.

A clean bathroom that is ready for guests.

Make sure that there is a trash can in every bathroom. This will help remove the temptation for guests to flush garbage down the toilet. Our plumbing professionals highly recommend that only toilet paper is flushed down the toilet.

To flush or not to flush? Find out here.

6. A quick and easy upgrade in the laundry room.

A professional plumber diagnosing a washing machine's supply lines.

Check out the hoses connected to the washing machine. Most homes come equipped with rubber hoses, but those can burst more easily than flexible stainless-steel hoses. In fact, one of the most popular home insurance claims are for the water damage created by broken supply lines. If your connections show signs of wear, leaks or corrosion, don’t hesitate to swap them out.

7. Enjoy warm showers during the winter holidays.

A licensed plumber diagnosing a residential water heater.

Before guests arrive, make sure to turn up the water heater so that there is enough hot water for everyone. The max temperature should be 125° (F) for safety and comfort. If the water temperature seems off, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to schedule a water heater inspection. We’re committed to promptly resolve all water heater problems, and you can save $100 on a water heater replacement.

We’re thankful for all of the support we’ve received from our loyal customers over the years. If you do find yourself dealing with a clogged drain or plumbing issue, call your local Mr. Rooter Plumbing for the fast, professional service you deserve. There’s never an overtime charge – even during nights, weekends, or Thanksgiving!