Thanksgiving Day harvests a whole crop of plumbing problems

We all love Thanksgiving Day. What’s not to love? It’s a day full of food, family and football.

Oh, and fright. Well, for your home’s plumbing system, anyways.

November is notoriously hard on your pipes. House guests pose extra wear and tear on showers, water heaters and toilets. Large meal preparation means large amounts of food waste tossed into the garbage disposal, and grease goes down pipes carelessly. If you don’t take action to prevent some of these problems, you’ll be really thankful to have our phone number (it’s (502) 451-2882 for Louisville, or (859) 559-0625 in Lexington, by the way). But with a few steps of precaution, you can avoid any plumbing woes this holiday season.

Here are our tips for escaping a holiday horror:

Go easy on the disposal
Your garbage disposal is a very handy tool, but can only handle so much at a time. Do not fill it to the brim before turning it on, dispose of food as it goes in and with plenty of cold water. Keep the fibrous foods, grease, rice, pasta and bones out of the disposal.

Fats and grease
If you think a little liquid grease or fat down the drain won't hurt anything, think again. Fat and grease solidify in pipes to create thick clogs. Instead, wipe out the grease with paper towels or pour it into empty soup cans. Once the fat solidifies in the can, toss it. The soup can trick also gives you a glimpse of what would have been sitting in your pipes…

Shower hour
When you have house guests, everyone seems to get ready at the same time. If your pipes are older or slow to drain, you should space out the showers. Doing so will let your drains and pipes catch up and prevent overflows.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year and want to get your guest bathrooms, garbage disposal and drains working properly, give us a call at (502) 451-2882 for Louisville, and (859) 559-0625 in Lexington. We’ll give you a free quote.

Trust us, you’ll be thankful you did.