Thanksgiving is often one of the busiest work periods for professional plumbers. With the amount of cooking and cleaning and disposal of food that happens in kitchens around this time of the year, clogs and busted garbage disposals are extremely common repair jobs. However, most of these problems can be avoided by taking the right precautions.
We’re always here to help you whenever you need emergency plumbing in Fullerton, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area throughout Southern California. However, we understand that you don’t want to spend time away from your family having to deal with a plumbing trouble. Below are some tips that will help you take good care of your kitchen plumbing at this time of the year.
- Don’t pour FOG down the kitchen drains: What’s FOG? It’s an acronym for “fats, oils, and grease.” These are major enemies of the drains and sewer line in your house, because the hot liquids will turn into thick solids when they cool down. This lines the inside of drains and can lead to clogging. To dispose of these cooking greases, pour them into a separate receptacle and dispose of it the trash.
- Throw out turkey bones, don’t put them in the disposal: Here’s a good rule to follow: if your teeth can’t chew a piece of food, then your garbage disposal can’t “chew” it either. This includes plenty of food leftovers like cherry pits and un-popped popcorn kernels. But around Thanksgiving, the big one to watch for is turkey bones, which can cause major damage to the disposal. We recommend placing turkey bones in sealable plastic bags and then putting them in the outside garbage.
- Don’t overload the disposal: Disposals are an immense help at this time of year, but don’t let massive amounts of food waste go down the disposal at once, since this can cause the mechanisms to break. Let the disposal work in short burst and allow food to go down it gradually.
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