Clogged kitchen sink

Hacks to Prevent Holiday Plumbing Problems

The holidays should be an enjoyable and stress-free time with your friends and families. It shouldn’t be riddled with clogs and jams, yet it happens all too often. A house full of hungry stomachs under one roof is a recipe for a plumbing disaster. This year, we’re here to make sure you avoid these common issues. If the Ghost of Christmas Past is haunting you with the memories of Uncle John clogging the toilet, then you could benefit from today's blog. With over 40 years in the plumbing business, we’ve seen it all. Now we’re letting you in on our secrets so your holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

When in doubt, throw it out

Ok, we know this rule was originally meant for expired food, but you can also apply it to your garbage disposal! With all the cooking that comes with the holidays, we think this is an excellent time to go over some rules when it comes to kitchen drains. Sure, our garbage disposals are great for grinding up leftover food; and yes, it helps prevent a stinky trash can, but it shouldn’t be the exclusive option. Certain foods such as grease should never come near your drain or end up down it. Why? Grease, fats, and oils are known to coagulate and can ruin your garbage disposal. If you want yours to run smoothly, make sure you throw these foods in the trashcan too:

  • Turkey and chicken skin

  • Potato peels

  • Bones

  • Eggshells

  • Coffee grounds

  • Pasta and rice

  • Celery

Plunge your problems away

The subject we’re going to talk about can get awkward, so we’re giving you a fair warning now. There’s a reason why the holidays are a busy time for us plumbers. A whole lot of people are using the restroom and creating clogs. Help out whoever is on the toilet and avoid making an embarrassing moment worse by keeping a plunger nearby and visible.

We also want to take this time to touch upon the rules for using the toilet. It’s quite simple: Only flush down human waste and toilet paper. If you’re the one hosting, print out a sign with this policy. While it may seem a bit excessive, you’ll be saving yourself from a costly repair.

Defend your drains

Protect your plumbing system by purchasing drain catchers or mesh screens. These inexpensive devices will catch anything that would otherwise harm your drains. We suggest placing one in your kitchen sink to catch food particles and in your shower to prevent hair clogs.

Contact Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

If you still find yourself stuck with any of the problems we mentioned, just call Roy’s today at (716) 215-2678 and we’ll take the worry away! We even offer 24/7 emergency services so you can resume your festivities as soon as possible.