How To Avoid Plumbing Problems That Ruffle Your Feathers This Thanksgiving

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How To Avoid Plumbing Problems That Ruffle Your Feathers This Thanksgiving

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You know what’s a recipe for disaster this Thanksgiving? Overstuffing your garbage disposal.

Follow these tips to ensure your plumbing can handle your Thanksgiving cooking and cleanup. You’ll be thankful you did!

It’s Not a Grind

You can mash it and smash it, but it doesn’t mean you should grind it. Stringy and starchy foods can be tough on your disposal blades.

Here are some Thanksgiving menu staples that are better tossed in the trash or compost pile than into your garbage disposal:

  • Potato peels
  • Poultry skin
  • Celery
  • Pumpkin pulp
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus

Avoid the F.O.G.

Fats, oil, and grease might be a liquid when you pour them down the drain, but turkey gravy, bacon grease, and cooking oils can quickly become a solid and clog your kitchen drain.

Instead, pour your oils and fats into a jar and throw them away after they congeal.

Soak It Up

Foods like rice and pasta that swell in water can swell in your drains and even create a gunky mess.

You can put small amounts of pasta and rice down your garbage disposal, but avoid overloading your disposal by tossing them in the trash.

No Bones About It

Chances are your Thanksgiving dinner has a turkey as the main course. Whether it’s turkey, ham, chicken, or any other meat, bones don’t belong in the garbage disposal. They can damage blades and burn out the motor.

Be Proactive

It’s not just your kitchen drain that has some added duty over Thanksgiving. Extra holiday guests can put some extra strain on your bathroom drains.

Keep these tips in mind to keep your plumbing free from Thanksgiving grief:

  • Install drain screens in your showers to avoid hair clogs
  • Place waste baskets near each toilet to encourage guests to dispose of anything but toilet paper.
  • Get a plumbing inspection to be sure you don’t have a plumbing problem lurking.

Choose Neffsville for Reliable Plumbing Services

You put a lot of effort into planning for the holidays. Make sure your plumbing system is ready for the holiday too. The experts at Neffsville Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Services can perform a compressive inspection of your home’s plumbing and HVAC systems this season.

Don’t let a problem with your plumbing system get your feathers ruffled this holiday season. Call (717) 625-1000 or contact us online for fast and friendly service in Lancaster and York counties.

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