Urban Legends and the Reality of the Big Game's Affect on Your Toilet
Have you ever heard this urban legend? During midway through of the Big Game, so many millions of people use and flush their toilets simultaneously — that the sewers of most major cities break or overflow!
So, that’s a whopper, with no basis in fact or history. Yet, there is a connection, however, between the Big Game and plumbing — just on small scale.
If you’re having a Big Game party there are probably a few things you need to know to keep your plumbing running and your guests comfortable. As is the case with Thanksgiving, your Big Game is a social event and food-centric “holiday” so that means your garbage disposal, your toilets, and your plumbing might need some backup.
Read on for the party plumbing tips to keep your guests comfortable and your house clean.
Leave Your Plunger by the Toilet
Save someone the embarrassment of having to ask you for it — leave your plunger right next to the toilet. Don’t let their party foul become the reason everyone remembers the night.
Know How to Find Your Emergency Shutoff Valves
This is good information to prevent disaster for any day of the year. However, more people using your plumbing means more chance of a problem.
Your toilet shutoff valve can be used to prevent a clogged toilet from overflowing. You’ll find it at floor level — by the side of the toilet.
Make Sure Everyone Knows not to Flush Garbage/Tampons
There are only three things that belong in your toilet: #1, #2, and toilet paper. Anything else is a hazard to your plumbing system.
Garbage, tampons, and wipes collect in the sewer system, eventually creating a nasty sewer line blockage.
The more people that visit your home, unfortunately, the higher chance someone flushes one of these items. Try leaving a funny sign in your bathroom to gently remind them — and earn a laugh.
No Chicken Wings down the Disposal
What’s a Big Game party without the wings?
Mild, spicy, barbecue, whatever flavor you like, never drop them down the garbage disposal — unless they’re boneless.
Your standard garbage disposal just isn’t equipped to handle anything that tough. If you want to upgrade to a heavy-duty disposal, give us a call.
Clear Pipe Clogs Prior to the Big Game
If your drains are slow, or your toilets clog frequently, your pipes are likely clogged. A party with 10X-20X normal usage can lead to a filthy mess.
If your pipes are already against the ropes, that extra use will lead to a knockout blow.
We can clear clogged pipes quickly and completely — and we can guarantee they’ll stay clear for the party.
If You’re Cooking, Don’t Pour Grease down the Disposal
Failing to follow this party plumbing tip won’t ruin your good time, but it could definitely ruin your next couple of days.
When grease is hot, it’s a liquid, when it cools it becomes a solid. A nasty, tenacious solid with the ability to block your sewer line.
We never advocate against eating delicious greasy foods. We just want to make sure you handle it properly. Let the grease cool in a can and then toss it in the garbage.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Lancaster On-Call during the Big Game
Follow these party plumbing tips to make sure your Big Game party is fun, mess-free, and doesn’t do lasting damage to your plumbing system. Of course, there’s always a chance that something goes amiss anyway. That’s why we’re on call 24/7 — even during the Big Game.
Enjoy the Big Game, enjoy your wings, enjoy the party, and enjoy total peace-of-mind about your plumbing system. You’re armed with our party plumbing tips.
Contact us to clear your clogged pipes and for all of your plumbing needs.