Don’t Ruin Your Holidays With Plumbing Repairs!
The season of cooking amazing meals and spending time with family has officially begun (unless you don’t consider it to have started until after Thanksgiving), and we can’t wait! At Shamrock Plumbing, we are always on the alert for things that could go wrong with your drains, pipes, and general plumbing services, so here are a few things to watch out for so you don’t have to buy yourself a plumbing repair service for Christmas.
Don’t Put Turkey Down Your Disposal
Turkey and ham are a must-have for your holiday meal, but a lot of people put the guts that come with your chosen centerpiece down their disposal. And yikes, that is a bad idea. A lot of turkeys, hams, or other meat-based entrees, come with additional packaging, guts (depending on how fresh your turkey is), and other disposables. As you’re preparing your family feast you’re probably in a hurry and don’t want to worry about running to the nearest trashcan every time you need to toss something. But we’re here to tell you that you really shouldn’t be putting any of these things down the drain:
- Turkey guts/skin
- Turkey/ham bones
- Potato/sweet potato skins
- Excess stuffing materials
- Carrot peels
- Fruit pits
- Cooking grease
- Anything harder than an eggshell
If your meal is vegan or vegetarian, don’t put any any vegetable stems or extra food down the drain. Each of these things, and the list above, can clog your drains. Additionally, depending on the consistency of the item, it can even break the blades in your disposal. Imagine it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve broken your disposal and can not use that sink until you find a plumber! Preparing the rest of your meal would become significantly more difficult. Here is a list of things that are safe to put down your garbage disposal:
- Any liquids that aren’t grease
- Soft foods like mashed potatoes or cereal
- Finely chopped foods
- Skin/peel-less fruits
As you are preparing your meal, to avoid problems, you should regularly check to see if there is anything in your disposal that shouldn’t be there. Ensure the disposal is turned off, then reach in and check for things like packaging, utensils, and any of the garbage-disposal no-no’s.
Already done one of these? Not to worry! Before you really get into the heat of the holiday season, we can come and repair or install a new garbage disposal. Please feel free to give us a call at 866-262-8007.
Don’t Overwork Your Heating Units
December and January are the coldest months of the year, but that doesn’t mean you should overwork those heating units. Doing so could cause you to require a plumber to come fix them, and we really don’t want to disturb your time off with a visit. So here are a few tips to avoid breaking or damaging your heating units:
- Prepare your water heater for winter.
- Keep your showers short and at a lower heat.
- Insulate your home so you don’t need such hot showers.
- Don’t pre-wash your dishes (intrigued? Go here.).
- Get both your heating unit and your water heater inspected.
We know how hard it can be to keep warm during the winter, but by following the above steps, you will save money on your electric bills, as well as save your appliances from damage! If you are in need of a new water heater, give us a call at 866-262-8007.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing or Bursting
This is a big one. This happens so often, that we’ve already written a few blogs on how to prevent this. Depending on the damage, this can be an intense repair or replacement, so we really hope that you don’t have to deal with it. To learn how to prevent your pipes from freezing, check out this blog.
Another frequent winter repair is pipe leaks. Instead of freezing and bursting, your pipes can develop small cracks in the winter which cause annoying leaks. To find out how to prevent leaks, visit this blog.
Hopefully you are already having a wonderful holiday season, and won’t have to deal with any significant problems. If you do, you are of course welcome to call Shamrock Plumbing to help fix them. We can install or repair water heaters, garbage disposals, toilets and showers, as well as repair any general plumbing issues. So happy holidays, and let us know if you need an emergency fix!