What a great holiday weekend we just had! It’s such fun to remember the fathers of our country and celebrate their birthdays. And if you’re like a lot of households, you might have celebrated by having friends and family over, cooking up a storm. The food was delicious, but oh those leftovers!
It’s important to remember that holidays and special gatherings can be hard on your home’s plumbing system and often leads to clogged pipes. Sure it may seem easy enough to throw some scraps down the drain instead of the garbage, what’s the worst that can happen?
What seems like harmless convenience, could actually pose a risk for your plumbing system. But the good news is, even when you’re celebrating the fathers of our country, there are tips that can help you keep things flowing the right way.
One Big Rule of Clog Prevention
It’s easy to use lots of fats and oils when you’re cooking for a special occasion. Unfortunately, fats and oils are two of the last things that you want to put down your drain.
Things like cooking oil, food scraps, butter, meats, dairy products, and margarine will cool down as they go through your plumbing system. As oils and fats cool down, they’ll stick to the sides of the pipes.
Eventually, this can cause a blockage in your plumbing, especially as other debris stick to those fats and oils, creating one massive build up. If clogged pipes occur, sometimes you can clean your drain using an industrial drain cleaner - although this is often only practical on small leaks.
However, larger clogs can take more specialized equipment and require the expertise of a plumber. This can stem anywhere from a snake to a large-scale hydro-jetting machine, which is sure to remedy even your toughest clogged pipes.
Food Disposal Made Easy
One of the best ways that you can easily and quickly dispose of food waste is by installing a garbage disposal.
Not everything can be put down the garbage disposal, but it’s a handy way that you can dispose of excess foods and reduce your garbage. Some foods you should never put down your disposal include:
- Fibrous foods like celery and onion skins.
- Pasta and rice.
- Raw meat.
Having a garbage disposal won’t just reduce your trash and garbage, but also it will also give you more time to spend with your family. However, being sure to keep tougher scraps out of the drain is the best way to prevent clogging and damage to your new appliance.
The Importance of Drain Cleaning
One of the most important things that you can do for your plumbing is to ensure your drains are clean. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think about cleaning their drains until there’s a problem.
Depending on the scope of that problem, you could be looking at some costly repairs. Preventative cleaning may cost you, but it does have its benefits.
It can help your pipes last longer, prevent leaks, stop clogs before they start, and improve the water flow in your home. When you regularly clean your drains, it can create a more pleasant life at home and make entertaining a lot less stressful, because you don’t have to worry about whether there will be a problem.
February is a wonderful month. It’s a time that we can sit back with our families and think about how the history of President’s Day while enjoying some relaxing time with friends and family.
We hope you had a wonderful long weekend with your family, and we hope that you have found our article useful. If you did, please take a moment and share the tips with your friends and family.