With all those fun February holidays right around the corner, you might be planning your next family barbeque or party. But is your plumbing ready for that influx of people? While you might think we’re talking about your toilets, what we’re actually talking about in the kitchen!

With all the food and fun that comes with a President’s Day picnic, for example, you may be spending a lot of time using your kitchen plumbing.

From washing dishes to disposing of scraps, it can very easily lead to some clogging issues if you don’t have the right practices in place in your home. So what should you be on the lookout for?

Why Worry About Clog Prevention?

Once the pots start boiling and the food starts cooking, the last thing you’re thinking about is your kitchen drain – but in many instances, it’s the biggest weak point in your home’s plumbing system.

The most important prevention step to remember and implement with your cooking crew is never throwing fats or oils down the drain!

While it may seem like the easiest and quickest way to get rid of the oil, it can actually solidify in your plumbing and create clogged pipes.

To make matters worse, as grease and oil harden, they remain tacky, easily attracting other scraps that go down your drain. So as you prepare the food for your party, be sure to implement a no-cooking grease rule first!

The Right Way to Dispose of Food

When you’re done peeling potatoes and cutting veggies, you may be looking for the quickest way to dispose of them. If your home doesn’t have a garbage disposal, the trash can is the only place for scraps.

If it does have a system in place, that doesn’t mean it’s free for either. Garbage disposals have a limit on how many scraps they can take. It’s always a good idea to not throw overly fibrous foods or harder to cut items like chicken skins down the drain.

The best thing to do is always work with a plumber to find out what garbage disposal is right for your home. If you’re in the kitchen cooking often, it may be a good idea to upgrade to a higher capacity system with more horsepower. The stronger the unit, the more time you can spend with your family not worrying about cleaning up kitchen scraps.

Drain Cleaning Made Easy

If the worst-case scenario happens, and you have clogged pipes, drain cleaning is the best way to get that water flowing again.

With professional drain cleaning methods – such as snakes or hydro jetting systems – any and all blockages are removed from your plumbing. This allows for improved water pressure, healthier pipes, and a long-lasting solution that won’t be nagging you on the next batch of holidays.

It’s common for some homeowners to try a DIY approach like store-bought chemicals. Not only do these methods offer you a short-term fix, but they can do more harm than good. With regular drain cleaning performed by an expert plumber from Affordable Plumbing, Rooter and Water Heaters, you can spend less time worrying about your plumbing and more time with your family.

So whether it’s President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or spring break, let your plumbing be the last thing you worry about! And be sure to share this blog with your friends and family, to help them enjoy their day as well.

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