How to Avoid Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems

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As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, make sure your home plumbing is in tip-top condition before guests arrive. Check the powder room toilet, guest bathroom, and garbage disposal to ensure everything is in good working order. Follow our advice on how to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems, and your family and friends will be thankful to have such thoughtful hosts!

The Powder Room Toilet

The powder room toilet should be at the top of your list when it comes to preventing Thanksgiving plumbing problems. After all, a clogged toilet while guests are over is very embarrassing. To ensure the toilet is in top shape, follow these five simple toilet maintenance tips. If your toilet is old or malfunctioning, now may be a good time to replace it with a high-performance model. Click here for special pricing on a brand new Champion PRO toilet.

In the spirit of giving, consider twinning your toilet this holiday season! Did you know you can help provide safe conditions to those in need with Toilet Twinning? Learn more about this wonderful program here.

The Guest Bathroom

If you’re hosting any family members overnight, the guest bathroom should also be a top priority if you wish to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems this year. For the guest toilet, repeat the instructions above. For the shower, place a drain cover or strainer over the shower drain to trap hair and prevent clogging. And if you want to be a really good host, make sure the water pressure is good and the temperature is running nice and hot. If the pressure is low, you may be able to fix the problem by cleaning the showerhead. If that doesn’t work, have a professional plumber make the appropriate adjustments. If the shower temperature is off, check the temperature dial on your water heater to make sure it’s set at 120°F. Adjust the temperature using a flathead screwdriver if needed.

The Garbage Disposal

When cooking a big meal for a lot of people, you’re bound to have a large number of food scraps, including fibrous vegetables and starchy foods. Well-functioning garbage disposal is the best way to properly dispose of food waste without clogging your plumbing lines. Therefore performing garbage disposal maintenance is another way to help avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems. Try putting two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into the disposal and running the unit with cold water. This will help break up embedded sludge, causing the unit to run more smoothly. If your sink is still draining slowly, have a professional plumber snake the line before Thanksgiving Day.

To ensure problem-free dinner prep, consider replacing your current garbage disposal with a heavy-duty model such as the InSinkErator Pro Garbage Disposer—the same model Tony uses in his home. Click here for special pricing on a brand new InSinkErator Pro Garbage Disposer.

Happy Thanksgiving from the LaMartina family! We wish you the best of luck as you work to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems. If you run into any problems or need help, call our office at (314) 501-9950 or email