Preventing the Thanksgiving Plumbing Nightmares, Mobile AL
Thanksgiving Plumbing Preparation Tips for Your Home
November is finally here, and with it comes Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is that wonderful Thursday in November where family gathers and great food is eaten. It's a festive holiday with an abundance of family traditions from parade watching, hours of football, and traditional preparations of the Thanksgiving Feast. With all the cooking, visiting family and friend members, your plumbing will be tested to its max. Thanksgiving is the most popular US holiday for family gatherings, but did you know it is the single busiest day of the year for plumbers? In fact, plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving — and it’s no doubt why. With all the feast preparations, shower taking and toilet needs can really put a strain on your house hold pipes. When your plumbing is clogged with food or even hair, the potential for water damage is at an all-time high. There are some Thanksgiving plumbing prep tips to help you though. Water damage isn't 100% preventable but being cautious and taking care of your plumbing are great ways to reduce your chances of water damage.
Thanksgiving Kitchen Preparation Plumbing Ideas
The kitchen is the central gathering place for preparing all the festive delights and treats. It’s is where all the food is prepared and cleaned up afterwards. The kitchen is also where one of the biggest plumbing mistakes can happen. Garbage disposals are fantastic devices that can churn up a lot of scraps in a short amount of time, but they are also delicate and unfortunately, they can turn into a massive headache on Thanksgiving. If you use the garbage disposal as your sole means of food disposal, chances are you're going to break it.
There are a lot of foods that you should never put down the disposal, including:
- Potatoes Peels
- Food like celery and lettuce (stringy texture)
- Non-edible items like grease, oil, bones, and eggshells
The garbage disposal has a hard time breaking down these types of foods, which in turn can cause an issue such as a blockage, breakage, and leak. Most people don't always use the garbage disposal correctly, leading to obstruction and potential damage. The proper way to use the garbage disposal is to:
- Turn on the faucet, allowing the drain to fill with water before you put food into it.
- Turn on the garbage disposal until food is gone.
- After you turn the disposal off, let the water run for a moment longer to prevent the waste from clogging the drain.
- Use cold tap water to not promote overheating with hot water.
Thanksgiving Bathroom Preparation Plumbing Ideas
The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in your home on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year you're expected to overeat, which means your bathroom is overused. If your home is going to be filled with guests, make sure your stock bathrooms with easy flushable toilet paper and keep on hand fresh cotton hand towels.
Thanksgiving Plumbing Preparation Tips after the Plumbing Failure
If you took all or none of these Thanksgiving plumbing prep tips, and you've got a plumbing problem leading to a water loss, your first step should be to call a plumber to stop the water. But you also need to take care of the water itself, so your next action needs to be calling a water restoration company like SERVPRO of Mobile County. A little bit of water can cause a lot of damage, and water damage is the second most common insurance claim filed by homeowners. If something leaked or gushed onto your floors or walls, SERVPRO of Mobile County will perform mitigation and restoration. Click here to find some resourceful steps on what you can do until help arrives.