We’ve all heard of Black Friday, but have you heard of Brown Friday? Let us fill you in...
We love Thanksgiving feasts with friends and family. We don’t love clogged drains and toilets that sometimes come with these gatherings. Plumbers get lots of calls for drain clogs the day after Thanksgiving, so we not-so-lovingly refer to this day as Brown Friday. The experts at Polestar Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning have put together 4 Tips to prevent unexpected blockages this Thanksgiving.
1. Mindful Disposal Practices: The Do's and Don'ts
While preparing your Thanksgiving feast, it's tempting to use the garbage disposal as a catch-all for food scraps. However, not everything is disposal-friendly. Avoid putting grease, bones, and fibrous foods like potato peels down the disposal. These can lead to clogs and damage to your plumbing system.
Pro Tip: Instead of tossing everything down the disposal, consider starting a compost bin for vegetable scraps. It's an eco-friendly way to dispose of kitchen waste and can be used to enrich your garden soil.
2. Hair Woes in the Shower: Be Prepared for Guests
With friends and family in town, your plumbing can face extra strain, especially in the bathroom. One common issue is hair clogs in the shower drain. To prevent this, provide guests with a hair catcher. These simple devices can be placed over the drain and catch hair before it causes a blockage.
Pro Tip: Make it a part of your guest hospitality routine to mention the hair catcher and ensure they know its purpose. This small gesture can save you from plumbing headaches later.
3. Be Alert for Early Warning Signs
Stay vigilant for any early warning signs of plumbing issues. If you notice slow drains, unusual sounds, or persistent leaks, it's essential to address them promptly. Ignoring these signs can lead to more significant problems down the road.
Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for any changes in your plumbing system and don't hesitate to reach out to Polestar for advice or assistance if you notice anything concerning.
4. Emergency Preparedness
Even with the best precautions, unexpected plumbing issues can still arise. Be prepared by knowing the location of your main water shut-off valve. In case of a plumbing emergency, a quick shut-off can minimize damage and save you from a holiday headache.
Pro Tip: Take a moment to show any guests where the shut-off valve is located. It's a simple precaution that can make a big difference in case of an emergency.
This Thanksgiving, we want you to focus on gratitude and celebration, not plumbing problems. By following these tips, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free holiday for you and your guests. If you have any plumbing concerns or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to Polestar Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (913) 423-8827.
From everyone at Polestar: Happy Thanksgiving!