Thanksgiving isn’t as far away as you might think. Halloween is over, and you’ve got a few weeks ahead of a season that will see your house play host to all sorts of friends and relatives. Is it ready? The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, called out to handle broken garbage disposals, clogged sinks, backed up toilets, and more. How can you avoid being on the waitlist for home service pros when Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays roll around?
We have some tips that might come in handy…
Plan Your Kitchen Traffic
Foreign objects in the kitchen sink, broken appliances, dangerous accidents. Your kitchen is going to become a hotbed not just for activity and hosting but for unfortunate mishaps. To avoid this, set up your kitchen traffic accordingly. Meal prep as much as possible and situate your guests outside the kitchen while cooking happens. This can protect your appliances and plumbing and prevent injury.
Know What Can Go Down the Sink
If you have a garbage disposal, you probably use it for just about everything. But not everything can go down the disposal and there are certain items that never should. Eggshells, coffee grounds, celery, potato skins, and bones are the most common culprits of a clogged or damaged garbage disposal. Have an alternate plan for the objects that shouldn’t go down the sink and keep your garbage disposal running smoothly.
Dispose of Grease Safely
Fires from grease are a huge hazard on Thanksgiving. While most of us enjoy a good fried turkey, there is a danger of causing damage to your property, or even injury, if waste is not properly disposed of. To avoid this, keep grease separate and far away from water while it cools. Rather than pour it down the drain where it can cause damage, put it in a sealed mason jar and throw it away.
Don’t Let Foreign Objects Go Down the Toilet
Your guests are, naturally, going to be in and out of your bathroom all day and night. Fixing makeup, washing hands, using the shower, and using the toilet. It can be tempting to flush whatever we can down the toilet to not have to deal with it later. But q-tips, makeup wipes, paper towels, cotton balls, and feminine products are the main causes of clogged toilets. Make sure your guests know what can and cannot go down the toilet before the holidays.
Keep an Eye on Water Usage
If you’ve got family over, your water bill is going to spike. Increased bathroom usage and more frequently running the dishwasher and laundry may result in a shocking water bill. Monitoring your home’s water usage can help when the water bill comes.
These are all great ways to get your home ready for the holidays and keep everything running as smoothly as possible. If you do need help, find plumbers, handymen, and appliance pros to call when the holidays go a little bit awry over at our partner site. Best of luck!