The holidays are a much anticipated time of year, with many great dinners and celebrations shared with family and friends. Among the many wonderful things that the holidays bring, they also bring lots of time cooking and lots of wear and tear on your kitchen.
As you work to prepare big meals this holiday season, the extra cooking can take a toll on your kitchen plumbing. To help protect your pipes and your kitchen, today we’ll talk about some things you can keep in mind to ensure that your kitchen plumbing works smoothly throughout the chaos that the holidays often bring.
Don’t Forget to Use Grease Traps
You never put grease, fat or oils down your drain intentionally, but when you start working frantically preparing a big meal and moving lots of pots and pans around, more often than not some grease goes down your kitchen sink.
Rather than worry about the impact that this is going to have on your pipes or panicking anytime you see this happen, prepare for it by installing grease traps. Grease traps go in your drain or waste pipe and keep grease from passing into your sewer system.
This helps you avoid blockages in your line, foul smells or the risk of restricting the flow of wastewater. So, before the holidays are in full swing, install grease traps as a way to give you some extra peace of mind and to give your kitchen plumbing a little extra protection.
Our Secret: Weekly Flush Pipes With Hot Water
By keeping your pipes clean, you can help to prevent clogs and blockages. One simple way you can do this on your own is by weekly cleaning your kitchen pipes with boiling water.
While this won’t clear out full blockages, it will help to clear out any buildup in your pipes and to break down small blockages.
To do this, first, make sure the drain has cleared and that there’s no standing water in the sink. Then, pour a teapot full of boiling water down the drain. Doing this weekly will help to keep your pipes clean and to prevent clogs or buildups
Do's and Don’ts to Protect Your Garbage Disposal
More cooking often means more strain on your garbage disposal. To avoid causing problems to your disposal or to your pipes, it’s important to always use your garbage disposal properly.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that it’s not a trash can. Instead, it’s simply there to dispose of small amounts of food scraps. Additionally, whenever you’re using it, always make sure that you’re running cold water.
Never put grease or fats, coffee grounds, starchy foods or fibrous foods into the disposal, as these can cause the disposal to stop grinding and can cause clogs in your pipes. We hope that you’ll keep these tips in mind if you’re going to be spending extra time in the kitchen in the coming months. Taking some small steps to help protect your kitchen plumbing is an easy way to ensure that everything is working properly and that you avoid a holiday plumbing emergency.