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Is Your Plumbing System Ready for More Holiday Fun?

kid-washing-dishesIt better be because, like it or not, there is more on the way! Now, we’re not saying that your plumbing system means to be a party pooper. The fact of the matter is, however, that the holidays are a trying time for this particular system in your home. There are a few different ways in which the influx of guests and the increase in food preparation/clean-up can negatively affect your plumbing in Phoenix, AZ.

Fortunately for you, there are also a number of ways in which you can help to prevent problems from developing. The plumbing pros here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix would love to discuss a few of them with you today. We know that the holiday season can be a hectic time, and we are happy to help in any way that we can to reduce the level of stress that you may encounter. Call today with any questions that you may have. 

Garbage Disposal Dos and Don’ts

The garbage disposal in your kitchen can be a huge benefit to you when the holiday season hits. It can also be something of a liability, however, if the individuals using the appliance are not using it properly. It is highly important to remember that even the best garbage disposals are not going to be able to handle everything that you may decide to drop into them.

Avoid materials that are extremely hard, including fruit pits and uncooked animal bones. While some garbage disposals may be able to handle these, we still think it best to play it safe in order to avoid damaging the system over time. At the very least, make sure that your garbage disposal specifically states that such items are acceptable so that you are not held responsible for any damages.

Also keep very starchy foods, such as beans, rice, and pasta, along with fibrous foods, such as corn husks and celery stalks, out of the disposal. Those starchy foods can act as sponges in the drainage system, swelling up and causing clogs, while very fibrous foodstuffs can get wrapped up in the appliance and put too much strain on it.

Take Steps to Avoid Clogs of Any Kind

In addition to starchy foods causing clogs, you should avoid putting FOG down the drains, garbage disposal or not. Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can congeal when they cool down. Once they do, they can create major blockages in your drainage system.

It is not just clogs in the kitchen sink to worry about, though. Be sure to remind any parents of young children that are visiting not to flush baby wipes down the toilet. While some may say “flushable” on them, trust us, they aren’t. This is a major cause of toilet clogs that we’ve seen time and time again.

If you really want to minimize the risk of clogs and backups, it is also a great time to schedule preventive drain cleaning in your home. Get those drains free and clear of any buildup before you ask them to do any extra work this holiday season. You can leave that one to us, so that you can focus on more pressing matters at hand.

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