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Safeguarding Your Drains on Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the team of Utah plumbers at Clear Drain wishes to express our grateful appreciation to the residents of the cities in Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber counties for your valued patronage. We appreciate your confidence in us and the opportunities you give us to serve all your plumbing needs.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

As a country, we celebrate the holiday by gathering with loved ones, feasting on turkey and other staples and watching parades and football games. Family members and friends who may not have seen each other for long periods reunite to enjoy the camaraderie and good food of the day.

Holiday Trash

During Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season, even the garbage becomes colorful and fragrant with all the boxes, wrapping paper, plastic and Styrofoam containers, leftover food, drippings and used oil. If you’re swimming in leftover food from Thanksgiving, try freezing it or repurposing it for subsequent meals. (Boil down your turkey carcass for turkey soup, parlay mashed potatoes into shepherd’s pie.)

Trash, including food scraps, should be disposed of properly in the garbage can. Contact your local government to see if they have food scraps collection or a food composting program. Containers can be recycled where possible.

Sink Garbage Disposal and Bathrooms

A lot of people carelessly dump food scraps down the kitchen garbage disposal. After all, that’s its job, right? Well, sort of. It’s important to take good care of your disposal just as you would any appliance if you want it to last. Liquids and soft foods, chopped foods, and dish soap are fine heading down the disposal. It’s also a good idea to throw a few ice cubes down the disposal on occasion to get built-up food off the blades.

On the other hand, fibrous foods (celery, asparagus, kale, potato peelings, and onions), pasta, rice, fruit seeds, apple cores, bones, and eggshells are hard on disposals. You should also avoid putting grease and oil down the drain. They can easily build up and block the pipes that transport dirty water to the wastewater treatment plant.

The bathroom is another area in the house that gets busy during Thanksgiving dinner, and too much toilet paper might clog the drainpipes. Remind your guests (particularly kids) to go easy on the toilet paper and not to flush other items such as paper towels down the toilet.

A little common sense can help you avoid clogged drains on Thanksgiving.