Gobble, gobble, stuff, stuff and uh-oh… stuck. It’s a common scene plumbers see every year on Black Friday. All the cooking, eating and clean up that comes with the Thanksgiving meal can create problems for your plumbing. Calls to our plumbers typically increase more than 50 percent on Black Friday over an average Friday in November.

Professionals say one of the most common problems is that people often try to put too much, or the wrong things, down the garbage disposal. Another trouble area: bathrooms. Extra guests using toilets and showers can also clog drains and put pressure on plumbing systems.

Here are tips to avoid a visit from plumbers the day after Thanksgiving.

In the kitchen

  • Use the garbage can or composter instead of the garbage disposal. Fats, bones, peels and fibrous foods can clog drains and damage the disposal. Once fats and grease cool, pour everything into a container and toss it in the trash.
  • Running water is a good thing. Run the water from your kitchen sink before using the disposal and again after using the disposal to help flush the line. Run the water more than just a few seconds.

In the bathroom

  • Don't throw anything extra down the toilet.
  • Consider an on-demand recirculating system for your shower. This provides instant hot water, and your guests will appreciate it.

Preventative maintenance

If water drains slowly in the shower or sink and it’s been a while since you’ve had a plumbing inspection, it may be a good time to call in a professional. They can help identify potential problems and help you avoid an embarrassing situation when you have a house full of guests.

For more on preparing for the busy plumbing season ahead, or to schedule your annual plumbing inspection, call your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®. We're always here to help!

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