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Avoid a Plumbing Emergency This Thanksgiving

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Nov 21, 2014 12:47:00 PM


It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Along with it comes a whole lot more than family, food, and fun for your local plumbers. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers who tend to see the same few problems every year. Most homeowners will be able fix some of these problems on their own, but other jobs are best left to the professionals. By being attentive to frequent causes of holiday plumbing problems, you can prevent many of these common plumbing emergencies from occurring.


The 4 Most Common Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems:

  • Clogged kitchen sink drains
  • Overflowing toilets
  • Broken toilet flapper valves and lift chains
  • Broken garbage disposals

While these are by far the most common, more serious problems, such as frozen, leaking, or burst pipes, can also interrupt your holiday fun.

The good news is that these problems are often preventable. By taking a little extra care when preparing food and overseeing your home while visitors are present, you can avoid having to deal with a plumbing emergency this season. 



Are you planning on hosting a Thanksgiving celebration at your house this year? If you'll be entertaining family and friends, it's a good idea to have a plumber come out before the big event to perform a quick inspection. Any potential or current problems can be ironed out, and you will be much less likely to experience problems that could ruin your time with your guests.


Preventing clogs

The most basic step you can take is to make sure everyone in your home is aware of what can and cannot be put into the toilet and sink. This will help to minimize the stress your plumbing will have to withstand.



First, make sure all of your bathrooms have a toilet plunger in case you do have a clog. Make sure there is an easily accessible garbage can in each bathrooom so guests are less tempted to flush inappropriate items, such as baby wipes, tissues, or cotton balls, down the toilet. If your toilet does get clogged, you may very well be able to unclog it yourself. If not, call in the plumber.

Before the big day, locate your toilet shutoff valve. If your toilet begins to overflow at any point, the sooner you turn off this valve, the less water you will have to clean off the floor. This shutoff valve turns off the water supply that flows into the toilet. Turn the valve gently, clockwise, and all the way to the right to shut off the water supply. 


Kitchen Sinks

Make sure you have a sink stopper that you can use to prevent food and oil from getting into your sink and clogging your pipes. Especially around the holidays, when many homeowners are cooking up feasts, it is important to refrain from putting any oil, grease, or fat into the sink. Also, avoid putting potato peels, gravy, bones, eggshells, coffee grounds, animal skin and fat, celery, fruit, and onion skins down the drain. If you are unsure whether or not a certain item is safe to put down the garbage disposal, toss it into the compost or trash instead.

When using the garbage disposal, don’t throw in large pieces of food. Cut up larger pieces, and put them down the drain slowly, one piece at a time. Run cold water throughout the entire disposal process. To clean your kitchen sink drain, pour in a little dish soap while running cold water.


Be Prepared

Be sure you know the location of your home's main water supply valve. You should turn this off if you experience water overflowing out of multiple plumbing fixtures or if a pipe bursts. Knowing where you this valve is located in case of an emergency enables you to protect your home from more extensive damange.

Have your emergency plumber picked out ahead of time. Put the number into your phone, or put it onto the refrigerator so it’s handy at all times. Cyclone Contracting is your emergency plumbing repair service throughout the Ames area. Our Universal Savings Agreement members receive a 10% discount and never incur after-hours fees!

Call us at  515-292-4629 any time, whether before, during, or after Thanksgiving, to take care of your plumbing needs.

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