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Maintain your drain this Thanksgiving

Avoiding Thanksgiving Day Disasters

Thanksgiving is known for the feast, but anybody who has ever hosted the party knows it is followed by lots of dishes.

That being said, plumbers know this holiday brings lots of business.

Jason Silverberg, plumbing technician for Roto-Rooter in Colorado Springs, said Thanksgiving can be busy, but it is really the day after that conjures up the most business.

"People on the holidays are going to hold off on calling anybody out, then afterwards you'll have everyone with drains backing up from over usage calling us out the next day," said Silverberg.

To prevent clogs, Roto-Rooter recommends the following tips:

  • Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains.  They solidify in pipes.  Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in trash.
  • Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal.  Poultry skins, celery, fruit and potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.
  • Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it.  Don't wait until it's full to turn it on.
  • For homes hosting weekend guests, it's a good idea to wait 15 minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job.
  • Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet.  They don't dissolve and will cause clogs.
  • Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive.  However, in holiday emergencies, don't hesitate to ask up front about extra holiday service fees.
  • As always, know your limits.  Often, minor problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.

In the event the drain is clogged, Silverberg said homeowners should be sure to unplug the disposal first.  A reset button can be tried in an attempt to fix it.

Silverberg advises against using a plunger on the drain, saying that it doesn't typically work.

"Sometimes it does [work], but very seldom does it.  Typically, you're just going to end up pushing the water somewhere else," said Silverberg.

In the event of a clog, there is help available. 

Roto-Rooter is open 24/7 and can be reached at 719-481-3898.

Silverberg's advice is to avoid relying on the garbage disposals to get rid of food.  Instead he suggests just throwing it in the garbage.

"Just steer clear of it.  I mean, it's best to throw most of the food out.  I mean if you want to use it, go for it.  Use everything in moderation.  If you do, you might be seeing more of me," said Silverberg.

For more information on how to avoid a call into the plumber, click here.

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