Dayton, Ohio – Holiday sales come every year after Thanksgiving. As well as calls for a plumber.
“It’s usually the busiest time of the year,” said Wesley Sweringen, director of sanitation for Korrect Plumbing, which serves the Dayton area.
Grease in the drain, extra guests using the bathroom, and more can cause plumbing problems and lead to an expected annual spike in calls for professional help.
Roto-Rooter reports that the company typically sees a 50 percent increase in call volume during an average Friday and a 21 percent increase in business over any other four-day weekend period.
“Additional guests mean more rinsing, showering, dish washing, and laundry, all of which dramatically increases the chance of plumbing or drain failure,” said Paul Abrams, a spokesperson for Roto Rotter.
There are ways to prevent problems. First, do not pour grease and broth down the drain.
“This is just putting fat in the drain and it will cling to the pipes,” Sweringen said.
He also recommends that people clean and dispose of drains before Thanksgiving. Putting ice cubes under disposal is a cheap and easy way to clean the blades as a preventative maintenance practice.
He also recommends using drain care products that contain enzymes, which are safe for plumbing and introduce bacteria to help keep them clean. He said that enzyme care products are a process, not something that will work overnight.
“Drains are like arteries and anything that goes down is like cholesterol,” Sweringen said. “Over time, they end up gathering on the tube walls, which constricts the tube.”
Besides cleaning before the holiday, he recommends treating the drain afterward to prevent buildup.
Sweringen also said that high-fiber foods sometimes seem to have drainage problems even with disposal, so the key is plenty of water before running the disposal. After the disposal is stopped, keep running the water to make sure the food reaches its destination.
One of the main things to remember is to turn on the water before adding food and turn on the disposal, Sweringen said.
“You have to make your river run before you add any boats,” he said. He also said he puts in small amounts at once.
6 Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Weekend Plumbing and Drain Problems:
- Do not pour grease or cooking oil into drains. Harden the pipes and drain the suffocating water.
- Keep potato peels, poultry skins, bones, rice, and pasta out of the garbage disposal.
- Make sure the disposal is turned on when throwing away leftovers.
- Do not flush wet wipes in toilets. Most of them will not dissolve and will clog the tubes.
- Put a snap in the guest bathrooms to save your guests from the embarrassment of asking.
- Distribute showers and loads of laundry.