SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a lot that goes into preparing your Thanksgiving meal. That also means there's a lot that can go down your drain and disposal. All the cooking and entertaining that Thanksgiving brings, puts pressure on plumbing systems. It also creates extra work for plumbers.
Plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® say the day after Thanksgiving is consistently one of their busiest days of the year. In 2013 and 2014 calls for service more than doubled the day after Thanksgiving. A recent survey by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing found the majority of homeowners (65%) try to fix plumbing problems themselves rather than calling a licensed plumber. Many plumbing issues can be avoided by following these simple tips:
- Use Water and Lots of It
A common mistake many people make is not using enough water with the disposal. Run water for more than just a few seconds when using the disposal. The water keeps the food moving through the drain and helps flush it out.
- The Trash Can or Compost Pile is Best
Fats, bones and vegetable peels can clog drains and damage the disposal. When fats and grease cool, put them into a disposable container and throw it in the trash. If you have a compost pile, that's a good place for peels. Anything that you can hold in your hand, throw it out instead.
- Preventative Maintenance Can Pay Off
If water drains slowly in your showers or sinks, and it's been a while since you've had a plumbing inspection, now may be a good time to call a trusted plumbing professional. They can spot potential trouble areas. They can also help winterize your plumbing system for the colder weather to come. Cold temperatures can also put more stress on your pipes, drains, outdoor hose bibs and water heaters.
For holiday related plumbing information, contact your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. This video featuring Mike Rowe and plumbers from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has more helpful tips. Click this link to see more: https://vimeo.com/cwhs/holidaydrainhelp
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® is part of the Direct Energy family of brands and is currently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the leading plumbing franchises (Franchise 500, January 2015.) Our trusted plumbing professionals offer customers on-time plumbing services, replacement and repairs done right the first time with courtesy, convenience, cleanliness, competence and character.
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SOURCE Benjamin Franklin Plumbing