Plumbing Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving at Your Home
Plumbing inspection and maintenance are critical for the optimal and healthy functioning of your home’s plumbing system. Often times, homeowners will try to take care of plumbing issues on their own; however, doing so in many cases can be tricky and lead to worse and costly damages. Plumbing issues can be quite frustrating. The last thing you want is to get into the shower, only to notice your shower has extremely low water pressure. Follow our five plumbing tips that can help prevent frustrating damages such as leaking faucets, clogged pipes, and low water pressure. Plumbing repairs surely can’t be avoided when they need to be done, but they can definitely be prevented with proper care and maintenance tips.
1. Watch What You Put In Your Garbage Disposal
It’s important to know that your garbage disposal can only handle so much, and sometimes, it can’t handle many different types of foods and liquids. Be mindful of what you’re putting down your garbage disposal. Any type of grease or oil can cause serious damage to your plumbing system, especially as the grease and oil begin to accumulate over time. The reason why grease and oil can be tricky for plumbing is that it is difficult to clean, and homeowners typically don’t clean greasy pipes. If you think that you may have a problem with your garbage disposal, make sure to get a plumbing inspection.
Celery, Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Lettuce, Grease, Oil, Fat, Bones, Egg Shells, Pastas, Rice, Coffee — all of these items are difficult for the blades to grind up and cause more blockage in your drains. For a full list, click here.
Keep your garbage disposal clean by pouring a small amount of dish soap inside and run it with some cold water. You can even use a few slices of lemon peel for a fresh scent!
Always run cold water when you turn your garbage disposal on. If your garbage disposal is broken, don’t try to fix it yourself. This type of project is not DIY — give us a call before attempting the fix yourself.
2. Check What You Can And Can’t Flush
The only thing that should be flushed down your toilet is toilet paper and human waste! If you’re having overnight guests or you’re hosting Thanksgiving, chances are somebody won’t follow your “toilet paper only rule.” It may be worth posting a sign in your bathroom that warns your guests to not flush the following items:
- Sanitary napkins/feminine products
- Flushable wipes
- Cleaning wipes
- Facial Cleansing Pads
- Cotton Balls & Swabs
- Paper towel
3. Throw Greasy Food In The Trash
Dispose of oily, greasy or fatty foods or liquids in the trash. Take a paper towel and wipe the food and grease into the garbage before washing it in the sink or placing it in the dishwasher. The fat and grease will solidify and can cause clogs.
4. Wait Between Showers
If you are hosting overnight guests have them wait 10-15 minutes between showers. This will allow for the drain to proper clear as well as the hot water to replenish. If your guests have long hair, you may use a shower strainer to keep the hairs from entering the drain.
5. Get Leaks Repaired Before They Worsen
It is critical to make sure that all leaky fixtures are repaired and taken care of in order to prevent costly damages. Fix the existing plumbing issues BEFORE Thanksgiving and before your guests arrive. If you have a leaky faucet, clogged or slow running drain, a water heater on its last leg, or you’re having garbage disposal issues, give us a call to fix those problems TODAY!
Happy Thanksgiving from Do It Right Plumbers
It’s important to us that our customers enjoy their holiday without having to worry about their plumbing. If you run into a Thanksgiving Day plumbing disaster, have no fear. Our technicians will be ready to assist you and get your house back in working order. We offer emergency plumbing services in Orange County. Just give us a call or schedule a service online to take care of existing issues prior to Turkey Day!