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Before you sit down to turkey, football, in-laws and sales ads in your Sugar Land, TX, home this Thanksgiving, take a moment to think about your home plumbing system—you may just stave off a visit to by your plumber. So many things can go wrong with your plumbing over the Thanksgiving holiday (many of which you can prevent). Plumbers get so many calls the day after Turkey Day that it’s known colloquially as Brown Friday, a play on words to the day-after Thanksgiving Day tradition known as Black Friday. Let’s look at how you can get your plumbing up to speed and look what you can do to avoid needing to dispatch a team of Brown Friday plumbers to gobble up your cash.
Is Your Home Ready?
Planning on playing host to the family this Thanksgiving? While you get the menu ready and set out the good china, it’s a good time to look for and resolve any plumbing problems that might end up derailing the big day or causing folks to enjoy themselves less. As plumbers will tell you, if any of the issues that follow are noticeable, call your Sugar Land, TX, plumbing professional sooner rather than later, so you’re sure things go off without a hitch.
- Slow drains: If you have a tub or sink that drains slowly, then something’s wrong somewhere. It could be a simple obstruction in a pipe in the home. Or it could be something more ominous, like a clog outside the home in a sewage pipe. Both are equally scary when you know you’re having guests over, which will add to the load of water draining from the home. Plumbers can provide a fast solution to your slow drain issue prior to greeting your in-laws at the door.
- Sewage backing up: This is a worst-case scenario for your family, but if you have guests over, it can be even worse. If you experience sewage backing up—into the sink, tub, toilet, washer, wherever—don’t hesitate calling out your plumber to remedy the situation. There’s no time to waste, since this can indicate that you’ve got some serious blockages somewhere in your plumbing system; professionals can fix it right the first time.
- Clogged toilet: Toilet being ornery, refusing to flush or requiring more than one flush to get rid of the bowl’s contents? Professionals will tell you in no uncertain terms that this is not a good sign. You could be experiencing a serious clog, which is the exact opposite of what you need, especially with guests afoot. You may also have an issue with a part inside the tank that is interfering with the toilet’s flushing ability. And remember, if you’re having more people in the home than usual due to your Thanksgiving Day celebration, then the potential for your toilet(s) to get clogged is heightened. Either way, a quick call to your plumber post-Brown-Friday is in order.
- Hot water woes: If your hot water gives out before you’re finished showering, then you may have an issue with your hot water heater that will leave overnight guests shivering at your hospitality. Sometimes sediment builds up on the bottom of the hot water heater tank, and when this happens, it can cause problems in heating the water effectively. It may also be a symptom of a failing hot water heater element. Either way, calling out one of the best Sugar Land, TX, plumbers to have a look is a smart move.
Dodging Potential Problems
If your plumbing is up to par, make sure you keep it that way by avoiding the common pitfalls that can lead to clogged sinks and stopped-up garbage disposals and drains (while lining local plumbers’ pockets). A few tips to keep in mind:
- Be kind to your disposal. Your disposal does a good job at breaking up pieces of leftover food and effectively ‘mincing’ it up so that it can make its way down the drain. That doesn’t mean that it can handle all leftover scraps. Avoid putting turkey skin, corn husks, turkey bones, eggshells, potato pills, and fibrous or stringy foods (think squash) down the disposal. These are leading post-Thanksgiving-feast clog sources. Professionals warn and it should go without saying that you shouldn’t try to dispose of grease, fats and oils by pushing them down the disposal; they can solidify in your pipes and cause major problems.
- Install a shower strainer. With more people showering, more hair makes its way down the drain, which can cause a massive hairball that clogs up your drains and requires a professional’s attention. A shower strainer is inexpensive and catches hair before it gets that far, making it a great pre-guest addition to every bathroom.
- Remind everyone about what can be flushed in the toilet. Make sure everyone is on board with only flushing waste and tissue in the toilet. Wipes, feminine napkins and tampons (and their wrappers and applicators), cigarette butts, food, and other items have no place being flushed down the toilet, since they can easily cause obstructions that lead to costly repairs.
Don’t count on your plumbing system to hold up to everything you’re going to throw at it over Thanksgiving (and remember, Christmas is just around the corner too). Now may be a good time to call on your plumber to give your plumbing system a once-over to look for issues and fix any problems you’re experiencing. An inspection of your plumbing and sewage lines can be a good way to nip any potential holiday plumbing disaster in the bud before you even knew you had an issue. Reach out to Ben Franklin Plumbing in Sugar Land, TX, to schedule your pre-holiday plumbing work or inspection.