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Common Holiday Hazards Facing Your Drains

As temperatures decline and we steadily progress through fall and closer to winter, there’s no denying that it’s time to make sure your home is ready for the holidays. A big part of this is ensuring that your plumbing system is in good shape. The holidays typically mean big meals and lots of guests.

Therefore, the incorrect disposal of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), the overuse of garbage disposals, and even the improper or excessive disposal of paper waste in your bathrooms can result in clogged drains, leading to the need for an emergency plumbing call. Fortunately, you may be able to prevent holiday hazards with your drains altogether. Keep reading to learn more.

Dispose of F-O-G Correctly

We mentioned FOG above. Baking, frying, or even roasting can result in festive and yummy holiday dinners, however they can also be detrimental to your plumbing system. Instead of putting FOG down the drain, you should instead allow it to cool, and then dispose of it into a garbage bag or into a sealed container before putting it in your trash can.

Take Care with Table Scraps

Today’s garbage disposal systems are highly effective at breaking down most food waste. However, there are some items that simply should be thrown away instead. For example, fibrous vegetables such as celery should never be put down the drain. Additionally, potato peels can be problematic. Be sure to use a drain basket or strainer in your sink to catch smaller food items rinsed from plates and utensils to be on the safe side this holiday season.

Keep an Eye on Your Bathroom Drains

Be sure to remind your holiday guests—particularly those of the younger variety—that they should never flush food, paper towels, or wet wipes down your toilets. Even those items labeled as “flushable” can still actually create problems, unfortunately. A simple solution to this is to provide a wastebasket in each bathroom throughout your home.

Reach out to Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration for reliable drain cleaning services in Albuquerque, NM.

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