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Preparing Your Drains for the Holidays: Tips for a Stress-Free Season

The holiday season is a time for festivities, family gatherings, and lots of delicious meals. While the joy of the holidays is undeniable, the increased cooking and entertaining can put extra stress on your plumbing system, especially your drains. To ensure a stress-free season, it's crucial to prepare your drains for the holidays. Peter Levi, your trusted home service company, is here to provide you with the essential tips for a smooth and clog-free celebration.

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Start with a Clean Slate

Before the holiday madness begins, start with clean drains. Use a chemical-free drain cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to clear any minor clogs or build-up. If you're not confident about handling this yourself, consider scheduling a professional drain cleaning service with our team of experts.

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Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drain

One of the most common causes of holiday drain clogs is the improper disposal of food scraps. Avoid putting fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain, as they can congeal and block the pipes. Instead, collect FOG in a container and dispose of it in the trash.

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Use a Strainer

During holiday meal preparations, make good use of drain strainers in your kitchen sink. These simple tools can catch food particles, preventing them from going down the drain and causing clogs. Regularly empty the strainer to keep it effective.

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Run Hot Water

After using the sink, run hot water for a few minutes to help flush any remaining food particles through the pipes. This can prevent them from sticking and causing clogs.

Educate Your Guests

If you're hosting guests during the holidays, make sure they know what should and should not go down the drain. A gentle reminder can go a long way in preventing accidents and clogs.

Schedule a Pre-Holiday Drain Clearing

Consider having a professional plumber from our Peter Levi team inspect your plumbing system before the holiday season. They can identify any potential issues and ensure your drains are in top condition to handle the extra load.

Avoid Overloading the Garbage Disposal

While garbage disposals are handy, overloading them with large quantities of food scraps at once can lead to clogs and strain on your plumbing. Use the disposal in moderation.

Dispose of Turkey and Ham Bones Properly

Holiday feasts often involve large meat bones, which can damage your garbage disposal. Instead of trying to grind them up, wrap them securely and dispose of them in the trash.

Stay Prepared

In the event of a drain clog, keep a plunger and a drain snake handy. A plunger can often clear minor clogs, while a drain snake can be used to address more stubborn blockages.

By taking these precautions and staying mindful of what goes down your drains, you can ensure a clog-free and stress-free holiday season. And if you ever find yourself in need of plumbing assistance, remember that Peter Levi, your home service company, is here to provide reliable and efficient solutions. Wishing you a joyful and clog-free holiday season!

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