Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or cooking a holiday feast, the last thing you want to worry about during the season is your home’s plumbing and sewer system. The plumbing system in your home gets more use during the holiday season than any other time of year. With this, there are a few things you should be mindful of during the holidays to keep your sewer system and plumbing functioning properly. Read our top three tips for keeping your homes plumbing system in top shape throughout the holidays.

Grease is the ‘Bad Guy’

If you like to deep fry your turkey, or make your mashed potatoes full of bacon, remember to dispose of your grease properly. Putting it down your disposal or drainage system will only make your disposal smell, and clog up your pipes once the grease has cooled. Storing the grease in a jar under your sink until you can properly dispose of it is best.

Don’t put Certain Foods Down your Kitchen Sink

In other words, a mesh screen is your drains best friend. It will save your disposals life, as well as your sewer lines. If you are planning on doing a lot of cooking this holiday season, getting a mesh screen to prevent food and other cooking debris from entering your drainage system is a good idea. Your disposal is made for small food particles, not scraps from dinner prep or the entire meal itself. Throw the following into the garbage and not your disposal: coffee grounds, apple peels, carrots, potato skins, egg shells, celery, bread, pasta, rice, meat, fish bones, chicken, and asparagus to name a few.

Don’t overload your plumbing with things that don’t flush

If you are throwing a holiday party or having guests over, put signs in your bathroom to remind them not to overload your sewer system with things you should not flush. Your plumbing and sewer line system is made to handle only toilet paper and human waste going down your toilet.  Most clogs come from items that can’t be flushed and don’t make it out of the pipes. These items include ‘flushable wipes’ (which are not flushable), baby wipes, tampons, paper towels, cotton swabs, and facial tissue. Provide your guests with a smaller trash can next to the toilet for things you don’t want going down your drain.

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday this week! Remember, if you need plumbing or sewer line repair service we are there for you, 24/7! If you find yourself with a clogged pipe, busted sewer line or broken drainage system, call the professionals at Go Direct Services.