Plumbers Busy Thanksgiving Week
GAINESVILLE- Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can not only be draining to the cook, but it could also put pressure on your plumbing. We found out why your holiday scraps can turn into overtime for plumbers.
The week of Thanksgiving is known to be one of the busiest times for plumbers like Joe Fries.
"Well you got a lot of food and a lot of people over. This is the time of year when you are actually using your plumbing more now than you do for the entire year," said Fries.
Fries is a plumber for a company called Sunshine Plumbing and Gas in Gainesville. Fries said the main plumbing problem he sees during this time of year is clogging.
After eating a Thanksgiving meal, many people throw food scraps in the garbage disposal.
"Take it easy with the garbage disposal. It’s meant to dispose food, but it's not meant for everything. Like don't put meats down there, bones, glass or silverware," said Fries.
It could end up clogging up the entire line and interrupting your Thanksgiving celebration. Also remember not to pour cooking oil down the sink.
"It will clog your sink because when the oil gets cold it solidifies and turns hard," said Fries.
If you’re hosting thanksgiving at your house and have the grandkids over, warn them not to dump any toys or other items into your toilet.
"Kids flush things down the toilet all the time. Racecars. People knock stuff into the toilet and then flush it and don't say anything," said Fries.
If you have several family members showering at your home make sure to wait about 10 minutes in between each shower so you don't over work the water heater.
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