As the last of the Thanksgiving turkey disappears and families gear up for the holiday season, there’s one more event that’s marking calendars everywhere—Brown Friday. Known as the busiest day for plumbers, Brown Friday can bring with it a flood of plumbing troubles, thanks to the big Thanksgiving clean-up. However, with a few preventive measures, you can steer clear of the plumbing pandemonium. Here’s how:
1. Embrace the Strainer: It’s small, but mighty. The kitchen strainer is your first line of defense against potential clogs. Any food remnants-from the smallest grain of rice to the stray vegetable peel—can cause blockages over time. By capturing these fragments, a strainer keeps your drains running clear.
2. Trash Talk Your Scraps: When it's time to clear the table, be mindful of where your scraps end up. Oils and greases may slide down your sink with ease while warm but wait until they cool down—they'll solidify and wreak havoc on your plumbing. Instead, opt to wrap these potential clog culprits in newspaper and place them directly into the trash or compost pile.
3. Grease in the Can, Not the Pan: Cooking oil and grease are often the culprits behind the most stubborn clogs. After cooking your Thanksgiving feast, let these liquids cool in a container before you dispose of them. Your future self (and your pipes) will thank you for not pouring them down the drain.
These simple yet effective practices can save you a call to the plumber on Brown Friday. But don't let your guard down just yet—this season is notorious for plumbing surprises. If you find yourself facing a drain dilemma or a faucet fiasco, know that Catons is just a call away, ready to restore harmony to your holiday home.