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Thanksgiving Drain Don’ts

It’s the season of giving, delicious food, and holiday gatherings, which means extra stress will be placed on your home’s plumbing. Take it easy this year by avoiding all of these “Thanksgiving Drain Don’ts.”

#1 Don’t dump FOGs down the drain

What are FOGs you ask? The acronym stands for fat, oil, and grease, a deadly trio for your drains. While they may seem harmless in their liquid state, they can cause quite a hassle for your home’s plumbing as they cool. In fact, fat, oil, and grease buildup in drains are responsible for more than 47 percent of sewer overflows in the United States.

#2 Don’t toss these foods in the garbage disposal

The beauty of a garbage disposal is that you can scrape the scraps from your plate right into the sink without a worry, right? Wrong! Not all foods should go in the garbage disposal. Items that you should always try to avoid include:

  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, etc.)
  • Starchy foods (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.)

#3 Don’t flush anything but toilet paper

Celebrating Thanksgiving at your house means extra people coming in and out of your bathrooms, and not everyone has the same bathroom etiquette.

There are a lot of products that claim to be “flushable” but there’s really only one product that should ever be flushed, and that’s toilet paper. Some of those phony products that you should avoid include:

  • “Flushable” kitty litter
  • “Flushable” baby wipes
  • Facial tissues
  • Feminine hygiene products

# 4 Don’t use chemical drain cleaners!

When you experience a clogged drain, it can be tempting to reach for the product that will make your clog disappear the fastest, but is it worth it if that product causes more problems in the long run?

In case you couldn’t tell, we’re talking about chemical drain cleaners. While they have a reputation for being efficient, they are also known for their corrosive nature that can damage pipes over time and even cause injury. Instead, when you encounter a clog, try snaking the drain yourself and if that’s unsuccessful, contact an expert drain cleaner!

For drain cleaning services, contact Brownie's Septic and Plumbing, LLC at (407) 890-0116. We are here to ensure that your plumbing problems don’t interrupt your holiday celebrations!

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