Avoid Those Holiday Clogs | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Avoid Those Holiday Clogs | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Dispose of grease and food remains in the garbage, not in your drain or garbage disposal. If you do happen to get a clog, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here for you 24 hours a day – even on Memorial Day.

You’re headed to the grocery store today to get a jump on shopping for your Memorial Day barbecue. You’re figuring on a weekend of fun with a visit Sunday to the Memorial Day Eve ceremony at Bicentennial Park. Then, on Monday, you’re planning to have folks in as a way to honor American heroes and as a way to celebrate the winding down of Covid-imposed restrictions.

You’re not the only one planning cookouts, barbecues and other get-togethers this weekend. What you don’t want to do is spoil the good time with any glitches, like a clogged sink or broken garbage disposal.

One of the ways you can avoid clogs, slow drains, and other plumbing issues over the holiday weekend is to watch what you dump in your sink and/or ask your garbage disposal to grind up. Among the major no-nos are grease and food scraps.

The city of Portland, OR, explains:

“Grease is a byproduct of cooking. It comes from meat, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps,baking goods, sauces and dairy products.

“When grease washes down the sink, it sticks to the insides of the pipes that connect your home or business to the city’s  sewer. It also coats the insides of the city’s sewer pipes. Eventually, the grease can build up until it completely blocks sewer pipes. That can create difficult and expensive maintenance problems for both the city and private property owners.

Blocked sewer pipes can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or business, or overflow into streets and streams. Garbage disposals don’t keep grease out of sewer pipes.

“Products that claim to dissolve grease may dislodge a blockage, but will only cause problems farther on down the line when the grease hardens again.”

You should dispose of grease and food scraps by putting them in the garbage.

Of course, no matter how careful you are, sometimes clogs happen. If a clog does form and you can’t dislodge it yourself, then it’s time to call the trusted 24-hour plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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