Here’s Why The Day After Thanksgiving Is The Busiest Day For Plumbers
As you prepare for Thanksgiving, ensuring your plumbing is in top shape might just save you from an unplanned headache the next day.
It’s not an urban legend. Plumbers anticipate a staggering 50% surge in service calls on this post-Thanksgiving day compared to the average, according to the Roto-Rooter article.
The extra strain on plumbing systems isn’t solely due to the increased bathroom usage during gatherings, although that’s a significant factor. Roto-Rooter points out that clogged toilets, kitchen sinks, and garbage disposals contribute heavily to this annual surge.
One of the common scenarios is people discovering their plumbing issues only when they’re inundated with guests. Suddenly, the system feels overwhelmed, Men’s Journal says.
Here are some simple tips to prevent plumbing problems:
- Avoid offering “flushable wipes” to guests—despite the name, they’re not really flushable and can lead to clogs.
- If your plumbing isn’t robust and you have numerous guests, suggest waiting 10 minutes between showers. This brief pause aids better drainage, Roto-Rooter said.
- When cooking, refrain from pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain. These substances can solidify inside pipes and cause blockages. I remember my mom telling me this all of the time.
- Skip throwing starchy items like potato peels into the garbage disposal. They don’t break down easily and can lead to clogs. Consider composting or tossing them out instead.