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4 Things to Avoid Putting Down Your Drain this Thanksgiving


The holiday season is fast approaching and soon our homes will be filled with the familiar scent of turkey and trimmings. Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food and fun-filled festivities. It is certainly not a desirable time to be making an emergency call for a clogged drain. Plumbers say that one of the busiest times of the year is around Thanksgiving due to the hustle and bustle of people in the kitchen. Avoid pain in the drain by preventing a plumbing emergency before it happens. A clogged drain can become a holiday disaster faster than you can burn the pumpkin pie, so protect your plumbing this holiday season and avoid putting these four things down your drain this thanksgiving:

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  • Don’t pour turkey grease down the drain.  There are so many delicious options for preparing your turkey on Thanksgiving. With barbecuing, smoking, roasting and deep-frying, all are sure to be a hit with your family. When you’re clearing the table, however, remember that you should not pour that turkey grease, or any other grease, down your drain. Even a small amount of grease can be extremely harmful and lead to a clogged drain. You should collect your used grease in a container and take it to a hazardous waste center near you, or use a paper towel over your drain to collect the oil and dispose of the paper towels properly.


  • Throw the scraps in the trash.  Most of us will be happily stuffed this Thanksgiving, but don’t stuff your garbage disposal. Avoid tossing all those food scraps down the garbage disposal; instead toss all the scraps into your green containers. Stringy foods, such as celery, asparagus, onion skins, or corn husks, can actually get wrapped around the shredder ring and prevent large amounts of food waste from being disposed properly. Coffee grounds should not be sent down the drain either as they can accumulate in drains and cause clogs. Avoiding these foods from going down the drain can help protect your garbage disposal and keep everything clog-free.


  • Watch out for pesky, metal utensils and tiny objects. Always make sure that metal objects don’t escape down into your drains. Usually, a holiday meal entails lots and lots of dishes to clean afterwards. With so many dishes stacked in your sink, it is easy for those smaller utensils to slip through the cracks and into the drain. It is also possible for even tinier items, such as bottle caps or can tabs, to get lost down the drain as well. Avoid the headache of a clogged drain by ensuring those small lids and tabs make it into the trash. These pesky utensils and tiny objects can not only clog your drain, but wear down the garbage disposal blades also.


  • Prevent items that will not break down from slipping into the disposal. Always be cautious about anything that will not break down, such as plastic or paper materials. These items are sure to clog your drains and back up your pipes. This includes paper towels, coffee filters and tea bags, which are easily discarded in or around the sink when there is a lot of activity going on during holiday gatherings. Plastics, such as container seals or even sandwich bags, can easily find their way into the sink when someone is in a hurry to get those side dishes ready. Also, watch out for turkey or ham bones that can easily fall from someone’s plate into the sink. Wishing for resolved plumbing problems after the wishbone slips into the garbage disposal is not a great way to redeem it.

With all the holiday fun and cheer, nobody wants a plumbing emergency. Make sure to keep your sink clear and avoid clogged drains at all costs. Always check your sink before you start to clean the dishes and make sure there are no plastic, paper, or metal items that can fall into your drains. Enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey, but remember not to pour the grease and oil down the drains. Keep these tips in mind, and remember: don’t invite a clogged drain into your Jacksonville, FL home this Thanksgiving.