How Not to Hire a Plumber Over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend

How to Not Hire a Plumber Over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend

You’ve probably heard the saying that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Well it’s not far off. Fortunately you can save your money and avoid an unnecessary visit by following a few simple tips.

Garbage Disposal

Although the Best Garbage Disposal systems are made tougher than they used to be, there are still things that should never go down the disposal.

  • Chicken or turkey fat
  • Bones
  • Potato or carrot peels
  • Cooking oil or oil/fat of any kind
  • Pasta/Rice
  • Onion skins
  • Celery

Seventeen years ago we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our newly purchased “first home,” which had a garbage disposal. After peeling potatoes and carrots for 20 people, we put them down the disposal! Magic! After dinner we noticed that water wasn’t going down the drain and was backing up. When I saw that the water wasn’t draining, I began looking at websites like to try and find a reputable plumber. I didn’t want to call someone out on Thanksgiving but it really was an emergency! We turned on the disposal and the water still wouldn’t drain. We finally broke down and called a plumber. On Thanksgiving. We felt bad due to it being Thanksgiving but he assured us that his field service software had many other jobs booked in for the day. After diagnosis, he explained that the peels formed a plug and the pipe had to be cleared, so he cleared the drain then handed us our bill. IT WAS NOT CHEAP. We thought a garbage disposal was a thing of magic and could chop and destroy anything we put down it, but they have their limits. Please don’t make the same mistake. If a similar thing ever happens to you, make sure you call a professional company like Flow Pros Plumbing straight away. The sooner a plumber arrives, the better!

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I read a great article the other day which suggested that hosts put a garbage can in plain view close to the toilet (if you don’t already have one) to avoid having guests flush un-flushables. What is un-flushable? Anything other than what comes out of your body and toilet paper.

Contrary to popular belief, plumbers don’t like to make calls that can be avoided. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend, watch what’s going down your drains and toilets and enjoy your time with family and friends. We sincerely hope you don’t need to call us!

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Water Heater Rescue!