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Thanksgiving is on its way. Tasty food and the company provided by family and friends, all gathered around in the kitchen is great. While this sounds fun, there is a downside. Did you know that your Thanksgiving dinner is one of the worst things that can happen to your plumbing?

Are you ready to hear this? Plumbing service calls tend to jump 50% above average the day after Thanksgiving. If you don’t want your home to be a part of that statistic it’s a good idea to follow the tips below.

Thanksgiving food to avoid putting down your drain:

Turkey grease: When making homemade gravy your recipe will usually call for turkey drippings. Turkey drippings are comprised of mainly grease, fat and oil. Grease, fat and oil are terrible for your pipes. When turkey grease is hot it’s in liquid form but when it gets cold it solidifies, this is when it can clog your pipes.

Potato skins:  When dumped down the drain in large numbers your pipes will have a hard time handling them, they often create a paste that can clog up the drains.

Turkey bones: Turkey bones can completely destroy your garbage disposal, even in small amounts.

Celery, onions, and eggshells: The stringy parts from these items can wrap around the inside of your garbage disposal, in turn causing it to stop working.

Pasta and rice: Pasta is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to clogs in plumbing. Pasta and rice expand in water. Once down the drain when the pasta or rice swells up it can create a glue-like substance. What happens next is a clog.

It’s a great idea to remind anyone who is helping you in the kitchen to be mindful when putting things down the drain. Inform family and friends of what should and shouldn’t be thrown down it.

If a clog does happen don’t hesitate to give Lindstrom a call. We’ll work hard to eliminate any stoppage in your plumbing system.

November 17, 2015