With Thanksgiving just around the corner, no doubt you’re busy with pre-holiday arrangements, especially if you’re hosting the main event.
If so, here’s one little item you should add to your “to do” list: “be careful not to clog the kitchen sink drain or garbage disposal when doing the post-dinner clean-up.”
To plumbers across the USA, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest drain cleaning day of the year. In fact, we call it Black Friday, and trust us, shopping is not part of our ritual.
What causes so many clogged drain problems in that special day? In a word, it’s called FOG. Actually, that’s three words, as FOG stands for “fats, oil, and grease.” And when you consider the typical Thanksgiving Day meal, it’s clear to see that FOG is in abundance.
So, from our table to yours, here are some timely tips to help prevent clogging your drain or garbage disposal on Thanksgiving or, for that matter, any time at all:
- Pour all leftover fat and grease into a disposable container.
- Thoroughly wipe your plates clean and dispose of what’s left in your trash bag or pail before rinsing and washing them – same goes for pots and pans.
- Don’t overload your disposal, it’s better to grind up small amounts of food at a time.
- Be careful what you place in your disposal, as it’s not built to grind up turkey bones, fibrous foods like lettuce and green beans, coffee grinds, pasta, or rice.
- If you or a guest should pour grease down the drain, thoroughly rinse it for at least 60 seconds with cold water to help prevent it from congealing and sticking to the insides of your pipes.
- Be careful not to grind too many potato peels as the starches can form a thick paste that can cause your blades to stick.
Still, mistakes are bound to happen. And should one of them take place in your kitchen – whether on Thanksgiving or any time at all – contact Connor Plumbing for timely and reliable drain cleaning results. In fact, we guarantee it.