This holiday season, don’t let the hustle and bustle of gatherings take your attention away from preventing or identifying problems with your home plumbing. Instead, learn what not to do to prevent a holiday headache caused by a plumbing emergency.
Pouring Holiday Cooking Grease Down the Kitchen Drain
The holidays are marked by rich foods: Thanksgiving turkey, gravy, and sides to Christmas ham or Hanukkah latkes and brisket, and all the tasty edibles in between. These foods typically produce a lot of grease during cooking. However, whether you used oil or had melted fat from meat, never pour the results down the drain.If you’ve ever left a cooking pan out to cool, the fat inside will typically solidify, especially animal fats, such as the leftovers from frying bacon. The same thing happens when you pour these down the drain, but you may not see where the liquid turns into a solid mass, known to scientists as a fatberg.Grease clogs can stop your kitchen drain and cause problems for municipal sewer lines. If you have a grease clog stopping your drain, call a plumber to have it cleared.
Using the Toilet as a Trash Can
During the busy holiday season, typical habits can shift as people try to save time. For instance, when removing the wrapper from a tube of toothpaste, you may drop it into the toilet and flush it down instead of throwing it into a trash can. The same may happen to bandage wrappers. However, this practice, while easy to do when not thinking, can cause problems with your toilet in the form of clogs.If you have a clogged toilet and plunging doesn’t help, contact a plumber.
Using the Holiday Season as an Excuse to Ignore Plumbing Problems
Of course, you may not want to wait for a plumber to arrive for a minor repair if you have a packed schedule during the holidays. However, if you put off those fixes for minor leaks or other repairs, you could face major problems when you do have them fixed. If you notice small leaks, reduced water pressure, or slow-moving drains, contact a plumber to have these issues fixed before you need to use the emergency repair service.
Contact Best Service Plumber for Repairs of Your Home Plumbing This Holiday Season or Any Time of the Year