When you think about Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Probably a lot of food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy. The sides and desserts too! It’s hard to think about much else when you’re in the middle of cooking your feast for dinner (and all day long), but there’s one thing that many people don’t want to think about: clogged pipes. Clogs are fairly common during this time of year, so it’s important to know some ways to avoid the problem altogether and the best way to fix it if it does happen. Let’s explore these issues so you can be prepared for anything!
Thanks to all of that delicious food we prepare for friends and family, Thanksgiving often finds itself inviting an unwelcome guest: the plumbing clog. Did you know that the average cooked turkey contains about 1 quart of turkey grease? That’s a lot of goo to dispose of, and it often ends up in your sink. Grease is a particularly tricky thing for drains because it builds up over time, creating a thick layer inside the pipes that water can no longer pass through.
Turkey grease and solid foods containing sugar or starch can be all culprits to a clogged drain – this is because those ingredients can congeal on your pipes and create a gooey mess.
The easiest way to keep your drain from becoming blocked is to prevent it in the first place. Turkey grease and other food products can create a sticky surface on top of the water, which makes it easier as waste goes down the drain to collect together and cause a clog. Make sure to dispose of all leftover food as early as possible after dinner, by either throwing it out in your trash or taking it back home if you’re traveling from somewhere else. By doing this, you can prevent a large amount of materials from going down the drain in the first place.
Thanksgiving plumbing clog prevention tips
To avoid clogging your pipes, we recommend that you use drain covers in all sinks and tubs for added protection. We also recommend using commercial-grade dish cleaners to help break down grease particles from the dishwater before they go down your pipes.
If your household does not have a garbage disposal, then you should consider purchasing one for your home. They are inexpensive and can save your drain from being clogged on a regular basis. If you do have one, make sure to run it regularly throughout the day so that it doesn’t become clogged with grease or debris. A garbage disposal can also be a major cause of clogs in your sink if not maintained or used improperly. The best way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to use it sparingly and only when necessary. If you do find yourself cooking a lot of leftovers, then make sure to put them away or dispose of them in the trash rather than leaving them in the sink. Not to take a chance of getting the leftover food on the dishes down the drain.
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Most of the time, clogs can be avoided by simply being aware of what is going down the drain and disposing of it as soon as possible. The most common food product that causes clogs is oil, which should not be put down a drain because it causes a liquid surface on top of the water. Greasy foods and fats should also never be put in a drain because they will also cause a liquid surface on top of the water.
If you do get grease or oil down the drain. Don’t pour boiling water down the clogged drain. This will cause the blockage to liquefy and could make it worse. Boiling water acts as a solvent and can cause oil-based debris to break up into its individual components, creating a clog.
A plunger is a manual device that can be used to clear clogs in plumbing. The plunger uses the power of suction to remove the clog by creating “a seal” at the bottom of the drain that will then cause water, air or other substances to be pushed up through it. Sometimes plungers are sold with a container attached at the end, which catches excess water and any objects pulled out from the drainage pipe. Make sure it is a sink plunger and not a toilet plunger as these will not seal properly to your sink basin.
Turkey bones being poured down the sink will get stuck and act like a clothesline to hang everything that is needed to clog up your drain. At all costs, avoid draining turkey bones. We suggest investing in a mesh strainer which you can place over the drain to catch any extra pieces while catching excess water and other particles.
And if you are, for whatever reason, using wet wipes during Thanksgiving dinner and they say “flushable”; it’s false advertising. Wet wipes should never go down a toilet or drain because they are not designed to break down in the water and cause serious issues within your plumbing system. Wet wipes are best thrown away after each use to prevent clogs in the drains.
Thanksgiving is a time when every household has the same thing on their mind- food! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy. It’s hard to think about much else when you’re in the middle of cooking your feast for dinner (and all day long), but there’s one thing that many people don’t want to think about: clogged pipes. Clogs are fairly common during this time of year, so it’s important to know these ways to avoid the problem altogether and the best way to fix it if it does happen.
But we get it, you can follow all of these tips and the plumbing gods will still have their way with you. Please don’t take offense to that, we call it “plumber nature”. So consider Aspen Mountain Plumbing if you require a plumber to clean up your Thanksgiving blunder.
To reach Aspen Mountain Plumbing, please call (307) 922-4413. You can also book appointments online at www.aspenmtnplumbing.com.
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