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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving usually marks the day where we spend time running around getting the last minute ingredients for our feast…. can’t forget the cranberry sauce! But did you know that Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of avoidable holiday hazards and a spike in energy consumption.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the few days preceding the festive feasting are the busiest days for plumbers. During the hustle to baste the turkey and bake the pies things like grease and gizzards end up where they don’t belong…in your garbage disposal. Homeowners trying to use their sink or garbage disposal as a garbage can is the number 1 culprit for plumbing problems during Thanksgiving.

So, along with meal planning, prep your holiday guests on the does and don’ts of household plumbing to prevent water damage in your home this year.

Don’t let your Garbage Disposal Gobble up your Thanksgiving Fun!

Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Hazards this Thanksgiving:

  • Place a garbage bin in the cleanup area, so everyone knows to scrape their dishes into the trash not into the disposal.
  • If you do use your garbage disposal, do not forget to run the water for 10-15 seconds before and after running the disposal.
  • Check out this great Angie’s List video on, How to Properly Run a Garbage Disposal:

    Even if you have a garbage disposal, Don’t put the following items down your sink:

  • Fats
  • Cooking oils
  • Potato and onion peels
  • Fibrous vegetables like celery and pumpkin
  • Bones
  • Skin from poultry
  • What you can Do to prep your plumbing system:

  • Fix slow drains, leaky faucets, and check for improperly installed appliances right away.
  • Locate your home’s main water shut off valve, as well as the hot and cold water supplies to bathroom and kitchen faucets.
  • If you do have a plumbing emergency, shut off the water supply and call a water cleanup specialist for emergency service
  • More Info? For more information, check out these Emergency Plumbing Tips!

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    Source: AdvantaClean