Homeowners: Expect Plumbing Problems after Thanksgiving

Black Friday is among the busiest holidays for plumbers; find out what you can do to avoid common plumbing mishaps.

HOUSTON - Nov. 16, 2017 // PRNewswire // - Every year shoppers go to new lengths to be first in line for Black Friday shopping. While shoppers prepare to camp out at a storefront overnight, plumbers prepare for an overflow of plumbing service calls on their busiest holiday of the year!

According to the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing,® extra pressure is put on home plumbing systems on Thanksgiving. With day-long meal prep and additional house guests it's easy for the wrong items to go down the drain and disposal.

Follow these simple tips to avoid common mistakes that can ruin your plumbing:

  • There is a "right way" to use your kitchen sink and garbage disposal
    The garbage disposal works best when small particles are mixed with water. Always run the water when using a garbage disposal. If your disposal becomes clogged, turn it off, and shut off the water. Don't reach into a disposal, and never, ever use harsh chemicals to treat a clog. Instead, try a plunger.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Appropriate Items to Flush Will Save Your Toilet
    The amount of people in a normal household easily triples on Thanksgiving Day. This means triple the amount of trips to the bathroom, which strains the integrity of your home's plumbing system. Remind your guests what can and can't be flushed, and inform them of any plumbing issues you are already aware of. Meaning, if you need to jiggle the toilet handle to get it to flush, spread the word.
  • 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 put more stress on your pipes, drains, outdoor hose bibs and water heaters.

For holiday-related plumbing information, contact your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®

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 2017.) Our trusted plumbing professionals offer customers on-time plumbing services, replacement and repairs. Franchised Benjamin Franklin Plumbing locations are independently owned and operated businesses.

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About Direct Energy

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home and business energy-related services with over four million customers. Direct Energy gives customers choice, simplicity, and innovation where energy, data, and technology meet. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), an international energy and services company, Direct Energy, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, operate in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 4 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit www.directenergy.com.

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SOURCE Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

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