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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Avoiding Kitchen Sink Problems During the Holidays

Are there certain things you’ve done in the past that someone won’t let you forget?  Well, I have several, and one that my dad will never let me forget is the time I poured melted Crisco down the drain.  I remember doing it though I no longer recall what I was thinking at the time.  I’d ask my dad, but I know he’d take the opportunity to poke fun at me – again.  He laughs about it now, but he was very unhappy with me in the moment.

Well, here is an interesting piece of information.  According to abc.com, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for residential plumbers.  The number one reason folks call -- kitchen sink drains and garbage disposals.  Plumbers are expensive.  Rates vary according to location, but I saw as low as $45 per hour to as much as $150 per hour.  So if you are hosting a gathering tomorrow, here are a few things to remember:

*Don’t pour grease down your drain. You’d think that would be an obvious one, but……
*Wipe greasy pots and pans with paper towel before washing to remove as much grease as possible.
*Be careful what you put down the disposal.  Stringy vegetables can’t be completely chopped up and the strings could wrap around the blades. 
*Be careful how much you put down the disposal.  A garbage disposal is great for small amounts of food, but it shouldn’t be used as a trashcan. 
*Make sure you are operating your disposal properly.  Run cold water while disposal is on.  Don’t turn off the disposal until the processing is complete.  Then let the water continue to run a bit longer to flush everything out.

Hopefully these tips will help you avoid a holiday disaster.  From all of us at A Cleaner World, Happy Thanksgiving.


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