The stuffing stops here! Save your plumbing from Thanksgiving clogs


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One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is stuffing yourself with delicious turkey, veggies, cranberries and, yes, even dessert. But while your stomach will be singing your praises for filling it with the best food of the year — in our humble opinion! — your plumbing will not be quite as thankful.

That’s because Thanksgiving is prime time for clogs and plumbing buildup, according to the folks at Roto-Rooter, a provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services. Meal prep and cleanup can lead to unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. And if you’re playing host or hostess to holiday guests, don’t be surprised if your showers and toilets feel overworked.

“Often, the case is that a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed, until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system,” Paul Abrams, a Roto-Rooter representative, said in a press release. So before you start shoving those turkey drippings down the drain, have yourself a clog-free Thanksgiving with these tips, courtesy of Roto-Rooter:

  • Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down the drain, since they will solidify in your pipes. Instead, wipe the grease from your pots with paper towels and throw them in the garbage.

  • Don’t putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. This includes poultry skins, celery, fruit and potato peels.

  • Turn the disposal on before you put food into it. Don’t wait until it’s full to start using it.

  • If you’re having overnight guests, wait 15 minutes between showers so slow drains can do their job.

  • Don’t flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet.

  • Fix plumbing problems before your guests arrive. And find out beforehand if your plumber has extra holiday service fees in case of an emergency.