As Thanksgiving approaches, we remind our plumbers and support staff to be alert and ready to work hard. Nobody has the day off.
The day after Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest drain cleaning days of the year for us. We are servicing plumbing emergencies all across Los Angeles.
While everybody calls the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday”, our plumbers jokingly call it “Brown Friday” among themselves because they will get their hands dirty all day long.
It’s always the same type of plumbing problems every Thanksgiving.
- Kitchen sink drain clogs
- Damaged garbage disposer blades and motors
- Overflowing toilets
- Broken toilet flapper valves and lift chains
While we are always happy to serve customers with plumbing problems, we wish homeowners would take extra steps to prepare for a sudden plumbing emergency. We wish they would learn to be more careful how and what they dispose in their kitchen sinks and bathroom toilets before, during and after Thanksgiving.
8 tips to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems at home
- If you planning on entertaining guests on Thanksgiving, give us a call PRIOR to the big day and we’ll perform a quick inspection to identify and resolve any potential problems BEFORE they occur, saving you time, money, and maybe your Thanksgiving.
- Double-check ALL bathrooms have toilet bowl plungers. For a simple clog you should have no problem unclogging it yourself. But if it’s really bad, we recommend you DON’T try home made remedies or chemicals. Just call our plumbers to the rescue.
- Learn how to turn on/off your toilet shutoff valve. We’ve written about this topic before which you can read here.
- Keep an empty bucket underneath your kitchen sink. It’s important this bucket remain empty so in case water starts leaking from a pipe, you are not scrambling at the last minute to dump its contents all over the kitchen floor.
- Paste our toll-free number 877-262-7861 on your kitchen refrigerator. The moment you suspect a plumbing problem could get worse, call us right away. We always try our best to service plumbing emergencies under 60 minutes 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but on one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers it could take us longer to arrive. Think ahead by calling ahead.
- Double check you have a kitchen sink stopper. We are amazed how often we discovers homeowners don’t own this common sink appliance. It can make all the difference to prevent a kitchen sink clog because it prevents oily food scraps falling down your kitchen drain.
- Learn how to turn on/off your water main line. If a water pipe bursts, you need to act on your own immediately until one of our plumbers can come the rescue. You need to be able to shut off the water to your household pipes to flood your house.
- During cooking and cleanup, keep FOG in mind. FOG is an acronym plumbers use. FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. You NEVER want to pour down your sinks or toilets any fatty, oily or greasy Thanksgiving food item. We’ve written about this topic before which you can read here.