Did you know that our plumbing calls can nearly DOUBLE the day after Thanksgiving? As retailers prepare for Black Friday shoppers, plumbers everywhere gear up for their busiest day of the year. Black Friday, coined “Brown Friday” by plumbing contractors, is a day of damage control due to clogged drains and malfunctioned garbage disposals.
A lot of our clients are worried about what they can and cannot put down their drains. The truth is excluding grease, oils and chemicals, a properly designed and installed system will take just about anything you can fit down the drain. If you are experiencing issues with normal use, I recommend having a plumbing professional do an inspection, but in the meantime, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you avoid plumbing disasters this Thanksgiving holiday!
1. DO use a drain guard. Whether it’s in the kitchen sink or the bathtub, a drain guard can catch the bigger pieces of debris that tend to cause clogs.
2. DO flush with hot water. Periodically fill the bathtub and/or kitchen sink about halfway with hot water and pull the plug. This will move the hot water down the plumbing and help clear lingering debris.
3. DON’T pour grease, oil or fat down the drain. It may go down the drain as a liquid, but once it cools off, these fats solidify, causing blockages in the pipes. It’s best to wait until the grease or oil has cooled into a solid and then dispose of it in the trash can.
4. DON’T flush everything. Body waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed! Paper towels, cotton balls and even “flushable” wipes should not be disposed of in the toilet.
5. DON’T use commercial drain cleaners. Store-bought drain cleaners contain caustic chemicals that can be harmful to both your health and your plumbing. These cleaners may help remedy a clogged or slow-draining sink or tub, but it can erode pipes in the process.
6. DO use a bacteria waste eliminator for preventative maintenance. Bacteria and enzyme drain additives are safe, effective and great for septic systems.
In the event that you run into a Thanksgiving plumbing emergency, don’t stress! Our plumbers are prepared to assist you and quickly resolve any problem you encounter. Simply call us at 828-216-3894 to schedule an appointment!