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How to Prevent Clogs This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...for clogs! That’s right: when you least suspect it, on the biggest day of the year, your toilet will back up. Although this can certainly dim your holiday spirit, it’s actually very simple to prevent clogs — even when your relatives from out of town are prone to flush miscellaneous objects down the toilet. If you’re looking to make your holiday season memorable for the right reasons, then it’s important to jot these tips down:

Common Causes of Holiday Clogs

Below are some of the most common causes of holiday plumbing problems:

  • Garbage disposals are overfilled and not flushed properly.
  • Throwing the wrong things down the garbage disposal.
  • Flushing food down the toilet.
  • Flushing down disposal wipes and other non-flushable items.
  • Failing to clean drains and garbage disposal regularly.

Is there anything you can do to prepare your home's plumbing for the holiday season and avoid a clog that can ruin your festivities? Follow these steps.

How to Prevent Clogged Drains this Holiday Season

  • Clogged Toilets - Often the most embarrassing of all problems. In order to avoid your toilet getting clogged up during the holidays, keep a plunger handy and have a trash bin on hand at all times so that your guests can properly dispose of baby wipes, tissues, and sanity napkins.
  • Clogged Sinks - When the holidays arrive, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, particularly the sink! Make sure you do not drain oils and grease down the drain to avoid clogs. Pouring fatty substances into your pipes will cause them to solidify, so let them cool and wipe them with a paper towel instead. Using a strainer in your sink can help catch larger items if you want to be extra cautious.
  • Clogged Garbage Disposal - There are a few things to remember when using a garbage disposal in the kitchen. It is important to cut larder items into smaller pieces because garbage disposals can handle only so much food at one time. Do not dispose of bones, celery, poultry skin, or other fibrous scraps in the garbage. During, before, and after grinding, flush the disposal with cool water.

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing, or you have any questions about your plumbing, do not hesitate to reach out to our professionals here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Your local Knoxville plumbing technicians are experts in their field and they’re here to help YOU with all of your plumbing needs.