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Top 7 Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

Plumbers Advice on How to Avoid a Holiday Disaster

Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems

Overhead photo of a thanksgiving meal at a table including turkey, pie and wineHaving guests over for the holidays? While you are probably going to be incredibly busy on Thanksgiving Day hosting a family dinner, it’s the day after Thanksgiving that is OUR busiest day of the year. Black Friday is the busiest day for plumbers in America.

All your extra company (and extra food) is going to be a drain on your home’s plumbing systems. Just think about all the extra strain your pipes are going to face:

  • Toilets will be flushed more
  • Extra showers will be taken
  • Toilets & showers rarely used will now be used regularly
  • Fats and foods will be put down the drain, putting your garbage disposal to the test
  • Someone’s kid puts a random toy down a sink or toilet

Unfortunately for a lot of families, that means you are going to find yourself with pretty urgent plumbing problems. And while more of you will be calling plumbers like those at R-Mech, there just simply aren’t enough plumbers in the Kansas City area to handle everyone’s plumbing problems as fast as each of the homeowners in distress would like.

7 Tips to Avoid A Plumbing Disaster

  1. A plunger, something that should be kept in each bathroom in case of a plumbing emergencyArm every toilet. Place a plunger in each of the bathrooms
  2. Wipes are for the wastebasket.  Never, ever flush wet wipes down toilets. Never. Not even the ones that claim to be flushable.
  3. Do not confuse your garbage disposal for a garbage can. Throw all food waste in the trash and NOT in the garbage disposal. Or at least make sure the disposal is running (with COLD water) if you do put any food scraps down it.
  4. Don’t let fatty liquids take revenge on your pipes. Keep out a jar to contain all the fats and cooking oils you need to dispose of. Never pour these down the drain.
  5. Strainers save sinks. Put a sink strainer in your kitchen sink. This will keep large food waste from going down as well as stop any items (toys, jewelry, utensils, broken glass, etc) from accidentally going doing the drain.
  6. Your dishwasher can wait. We know those dishes are going to pile up quickly. But you may want to wait a while before running a load. Because your garbage disposal and dishwasher use the same drain, running the disposal while the washer is going could mean food waste can end up in your dishes.
  7. Know who you are going to call. Right this very moment, stop reading this article just long enough to put our phone number in your phone contacts – (816) 920-9599. If you run into a problem, calling us as soon as you need us may help you get service quicker than those who are having to spend time tracking down the number of a nearby plumber.

Kitchen Plumbing Tips

While you’ll be enjoying the delicious foods of Thanksgiving Day, a lot of those wonderful dishes are filled with the things that should never, ever go down your drain. Some foods, more than others, are incredibly difficult for a garbage disposal to grind up. Others turn solid and become a blockage down the road. Some of the foods you should NEVER put down your disposal include:
A dirty plate with a fork next to a gravy container. Food should be put in the trash and not the garbage disposal

  • Egg shells
  • Bones
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Coffee
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Grease, Oil, Fat

Bathroom Plumbing Tips

An R-Mech plumber working on a water heater during a service call in Lake LotawanaHave a lot of visitors staying over during the holiday? That can create its own set of plumbing issues, especially regarding the need for hot water.

Set a 15-minute shower rule. Make sure there is at least 15 minutes between showers, even if taken in different bathrooms. This doesn’t just make sure the water heater tank has filled up enough for the next person to hop in the bathtub, but it also helps ensure there’s been enough time for the drains to clear.

Be mindful if you have small children who are now occupying your house over the holidays, as they are still learning what’s right and wrong to go down sinks and toilets. Wipes aren’t the only bad paper product to put down a toilet. Flushing paper towels can create big problems for your pipes. Make sure all your guests know that only toilet paper is the only product that is safe to be flushed.

A Plumber’s Best Advice BEFORE Thanksgiving Day

Noticing any issues or odd workings in your sinks or tubs as you’re getting the house ready for the holidays? Well, don’t wait and wonder if something is wrong with your plumbing. Get it looked at right away. Call the R-Mech plumbers today at (816) 920-5955.

What may be an easy fix now could turn into a big, wet mess when all the family is there. And if you wait to get a plumber called on Thanksgiving or the day after on Black Friday, you may find yourself waiting quite a while before you can get a professional plumber to come out and fix it.

If you want to be even more proactive, call R-Mech for plumbing maintenance inspection & service. Even if you don’t see any signs of plumbing problems, it’s never a bad idea to be extra cautionary and have your home’s pipes and drains looked into in advance of a big holiday get-together. Our plumbers provide regular maintenance on homes in and all around the Kansas City are. Contact us in early November to schedule a plumbing maintenance service at your home before the holiday season hits.

Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Emergency

If you do find yourself dealing with a plumbing emergency, we are open on Thanksgiving Day and will be providing the urgent plumbing work homes across Kansas City need. R-Mech plumbers are available holidays, weekends with our Emergency 24/7 Service.

Get all-year home comfort security with R-Mech’s S.A.F.E. program – Service Agreements for Equipment. As a S.A.F.E. member, not only will you receive seasonal maintenance on your plumbing and heating & cooling systems, you will receive priority scheduling whenever you call us for work and you never pay additional fees for emergency or weekend service.

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