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How to Stay Clog-Free During the Holidays

No one wants to experience a plumbing nightmare. However, the worst time to have one occur is during the holidays. Unfortunately, a lot of people DO experience plumbing emergencies during this time due to an increase in usage of their plumbing system (you can thank your in-laws). Here’s how your home can stay clog-free this holiday season:

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Put Nothing Down the Drain

The only thing that should be flowing down your kitchen sink’s drain should be water and dish soap. Oils, grease, coffee grinds, and anything along these lines can build up inside of your piping and cause clogs to form. Make sure all dishes have been scraped clean and watch what is being poured out into the sink.

Keep Your Hands Off the Disposal

For those with garbage disposals, you may think the holiday season is a perfect time to use it — well, don’t! Homeowners view the garbage disposal as an easy way to help minimize messes and expedite the cleaning process. However, overuse and putting things down the drain that don’t belong (egg shells, poultry bones, pasta, potato peels, etc.) can easily cause clogs to form and this appliance to break down. Try to avoid using this plumbing appliance until after the holidays are over to avoid a headache that you don’t need!

Prep the Bathrooms for War

If you’re hosting the holidays, your bathrooms are going to be taking a lot of lumps. To ensure no clogs form in this sacred place, make sure you:

  • Keep a Plunger Handy - The last thing you want is for your guests to use the bathroom and be stuck in there because they clogged the toilet. Leave a plunger next to the toilet to allow them to unclog it themselves. This will save them the embarrassment, and save you from having a clog left unhandled.

  • Keep a Waste Bin Front & Center - When guests go to the bathroom, they could be up to anything. To prevent them from flushing anything down the toilet (besides waste and toilet paper), place a waste bin in your bathroom that is easily seen. This way there will be a minimal chance that anything is flushed down the toilet.

Do you know what’s worse than a stocking filled with coal? How about a plumbing pipe filled with a clog! If you experience a clog this holiday season, make sure you give us a call!


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