Holiday Season Equals Plumbing Season

By: Kim Russell
By: Kim Russell

Thanksgiving isn't just the start of the holiday season. It's the start of the plumber season. Yellowpages.com reports 36 percent of Internet searches for plumbers happen around the holidays in November and December.

The reason? As many people get cooking everything but the kitchen sink, some clog up their sinks. It's a situation that can get expensive, especially on holidays when many plumbers charge extra. Plumbers say homeowners can easily spend $100 getting their drain unplugged.

Here's how you can prevent the problem:

1. Always have water running when you're putting things down the garbage disposal.
2. Don't dump grease down the drain.
3. Don't put fibrous foods, like celery down the garbage disposal.
4. If you do use the garbage disposal dispose of small amounts of food at a time.

If your garbage disposal stops working, you can turn it off, clear out the food in it, then push the garbage disposal's reset button and try again. If food beyond the garbage disposal stops up your drain, you can inspect the pipes right below the sink. When that doesn't work, it's time to call in a professional.


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