Plumbing Emergency

No one wants to spend their Thanksgiving dealing with a plumbing emergency.

Thanksgiving is a fairly hectic day in most American households. You have to clean the house, prepare all of the food and don’t forget about the five last-minute grocery store trips you are bound to have to make before it’s all said and done. The last thing that you want on Thanksgiving day is to end up with a plumbing emergency that could derail your entire holiday schedule. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is actually one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers, and if you want to avoid common Thanksgiving day plumbing issues, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few things you can do to avoid having to call our emergency plumber in Belleville this Thanksgiving:

Never put anything other than food in your garbage disposal.

Your garbage disposal isn’t a trash can, and you should never treat it like one. Although most people don’t intentionally put anything other than food in their garbage disposals, accidents can happen. Silverware and dishcloths are some of the most common accidental items to be found in garbage disposals, and they can cause some severe damage. Not only could a lone fork lead to a broken garbage disposal if it comes into contact with the spinning blades, it could also send the fork flying, leading to a dangerous situation for your entire family.  You should always double check that your garbage disposal is empty of all non-food items before you turn it on.

In addition to silverware and dishcloths, rings are also commonly found in garbage disposals, and they can create the same kinds of problems as silverware. It may be better for your ring if you take it off before you dive into the cooking or washing the dishes, but you should never just leave a ring on the edge of the sink. This is a good way to end up with damage to both your ring and your garbage disposal.

Not all foods can be safely disposed of in your garbage disposal.

Although many people use their garbage disposals to get rid of unwanted food, there are really only a few things that you can safely put down your garbage disposal. Here are a few things that you should never put down your garbage disposal this Thanksgiving:

  • Bones
  • Grease or Fat
  • Turkey Skin
  • Fibrous Foods (Celery or Asparagus)
  • Absorbent Foods (Pasta or Rice)

One of the best ways to avoid getting the wrong foods in your garbage disposal is to use the garbage can as much as possible. If you have any suspicion that something may cause trouble for your garbage disposal, throw it away instead! One good way to remind yourself to use the trashcan instead of the garbage disposal is to invest in a sink strainer. Sink strainers are cheap and easy to install, and they will prevent any unwanted items from making their way into your garbage disposal.

Keep your garbage disposal clean.

Not only is it smart to avoid putting the wrong foods down your garbage disposal (and using the trash can as an alternative at every chance you get), but you should also do your best to keep it clean. This will help to avoid that nasty, rotten-food smell that sometimes occurs around heavily-used garbage disposals. All you have to do is to place an ice cube in your garage disposal and turn on the motor. Additionally, when you are running the garbage disposal, don’t forget to turn the water on. The running water helps your disposal to break the food down more thoroughly.

Remind your guests of what not to flush.

If you plan on hosting Thanksgiving this year, then there are probably going to be more than a few people using your toilet. With all of this extra activity, it pays to be mindful of preventing potential clogs. Flushing things like “flushable” wipes, facial cleansing pads, cotton balls or tampons could lead to nasty clogs, so don’t hesitate to put a sign up as a reminder for your guests.

On Thanksgiving Day, anything can happen, so even if you take steps to prevent the worst, keep our emergency plumber’s number saved in your phone! We are standing by, ready to save your  plumbing and your Thanksgiving!