With Thanksgiving around the corner, many Wisconsin residents are running errands, preparing food, and getting ready for the upcoming holiday. One interesting fact is that for residential plumbers, Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year. Plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving and it’s easy to understand why. While you are watching football, supervising the youngsters, and enjoying turkey and pumpkin pie, afterward the holiday dishes will be clogging your drains.
Here are a few food plumbing tips to prevent a phone call to us on Friday.
1. Don’t Throw Leftovers Down the Drain
Leftovers should be thrown in the trash or compost pile, keeping the drain from clogging. If you choose to throw them down the drain, feed waste piecemeal to prevent overloading.
2. Make Sure the Disposal Is Running
A good rule of thumb is to keep the faucet running to allow the drain to fill with water BEFORE you put any food into it. Keep the water running for a brief time after turning it off.
3. Use a Sink Strainer
The best way to prevent clogging your drain is by using a sink strainer to prevent any food from going down it. Not only does this keep the water running it will also make sure that no leftovers will pass through it.
4. Don’t throw oils down the drain
Fats, cooking oils, and grease can clog your drains. Use paper towels to wipe grease out of pots, then throw it out.
This is the time of year when we are not only grateful for our employees and extended family, but we are also grateful for you the customer. Happy Thanksgiving, from your friends at Gene Wagner Plumbing. If your Thanksgiving plans don’t go quite as expected, contact us or call us at 414.541.9217.