This is a tough time of year for your home’s plumbing system. But with a bit of care, you can keep your drains and pipes clear throughout the entire holiday season.
You’re planning to take the kids to see the manatees today. You figure that will tire them out so that, when you return home, you’ll have some peace and quiet for cooking and baking holiday goodies.
You’re not the only one spending a lot of time cooking and entertaining at this time of year. That intense cooking, baking and entertaining puts a lot of stress on your plumbing, making this time of year prime for plumbing clogs and blockages.
It doesn’t have to be that way. With a bit of care and thought, you can finish out the holiday season without gumming up your plumbing. How, you ask. Well, first, be careful what you put down your kitchen drain. For example, avoid dumping fibrous vegetables and starches in the drain or in your garbage disposal.
“Most home cooks aren’t aware that some foods are totally off-limits for in-sink disposals,” according to thekitchn.com. “Stringy or fibrous food should go into the compost or the trash. … Starchy foods are also a no-no. Starch thickens when wet, which can result in a big clog in your drain.”
Wondering what constitutes stringy or fibrous food? Things like celery, pumpkins and rhubarb are a few examples. You should also avoid putting poultry skin in your disposal or down the sink.
Of course, life isn’t perfect and – well – clogs and other plumbing problems happen. If you do get a blockage you can’t get rid of, or have another plumbing issue, call the trusted plumbing technicians at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. (Even if it’s late at night, early in the morning, or on a holiday.)
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