Prevalent Thanksgiving Plumbing Emergencies and How To Avoid Them

Now that Thanksgiving is just around the bend, numerous homeowners in Bromall, Pennsylvania, are eager to gather with their friends and families to enjoy an assortment of traditional Thanksgiving staples. Whether you are the host or a guest this Thanksgiving, having a basic understanding of some of the most frequently occurring Thanksgiving plumbing issues can help you decrease the likelihood of a serious plumbing catastrophe interfering with your holiday plans.


Malfunctioning Garbage Disposals


The garage disposal will be operating continuously throughout Thanksgiving and during the entire holiday season, which means it will be particularly susceptible to being impacted by several plumbing problems. Some of the most common garbage disposal issues happen when a large quantity of scraps or food waste go down the drain, or when substances that the disposal can’t handle make their way accidentally into the sink.


A variety of food items and cooking ingredients that are part of the traditional Thanksgiving spread can seriously damage a garbage disposal, including corn husks, turkey bones, and egg shells. Even if you aren’t preparing the meal this Thanksgiving, take a look at the following list of items to keep out of the disposal. This can be the key to preventing unpleasant blockages and clogs this season:


  • Corn husks
  • Coffee grounds
  • Liquids such as oil, fats, grease
  • Bread, rice, pasta
  • Beans
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Cherry and peach pits
  • Turkey bones
  • Potato peels
  • Mashed potatoes


Avoid throwing these items down your garbage disposal, and you should also refrain from discarding a large amount of food scraps down the disposal at one time.


Worn Out Appliances   


When your entire family comes together to celebrate the holidays, it’s not unusual for the number of people in a home to double, or even triple. As a result, the plumbing appliances are used more often, making them more susceptible to experiencing issues. While there is nothing you can do to avoid this, you can help everyone learn what can be flushed or put down the garbage disposal in order to decrease the chances of a large-scale plumbing accident ruining your Thanksgiving.