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Thanksgiving Prep – Don’t Forget the Plumbing

800px-dirty_dishes-690x517Next week, families around the nation will settle down to enjoy the fruits of their holiday preparation. While getting a turkey, some pumpkin pie, and the in-laws from the airport are undoubtedly on a number of to-do lists, checking plumbing systems may not. For plumbers around the nation however, Thanksgiving tends to be one of the busiest times of the year and for some, the day after will see their business increase by 50 percent.

Thanksgiving prep can not only take a toll on hosts, but it can put a lot of stress on a residential plumbing system. From excess food scraps in disposals and dishwasher drains to water overuse as a result of guests, some systems may not be designed for the amount of load they will see during the holiday. In order to maintain your home plumbing health during Thanksgiving, try to follow some of these helpful tips:

  1. Avoid Heavy Disposal Use – While garbage disposals are a robust component of most modern kitchens, they should not be treated like trash cans. Even the most powerful systems can get clogged and placing larger food scraps in the garbage and feeding in waste gradually can lower the risk of overload.
  2. Run Water While You Dispose – Disposals and water are a perfect match and simply running hot water a few seconds longer can save you hundreds. Keeping a stream going while you dispose can help break down the food and leaving it running briefly after you turn off the disposal can also help clean the system.
  3. Spread Out Your Guest’s Shower Use – Overnight guests can pose a series of issues for plumbing systems and advising them to wait at least 10 minutes between showers can lower the risk clogging pipes with hair and waste.

Plumbing isn’t the only home system to look out for before Thanksgiving, as a home’s heating is just as important, especially in the colder regions such as Brooklyn. Most old boilers frequently found in New York City homes operate at as little as 50 percent efficiency which can leave your guests uncomfortable. Make sure they arrive to your home happy by having an Energy Star Rated boiler installed by Petri Plumbing.

While these tips can help maintain your plumbing during the holidays, having an inspection done by trusted professionals such as leading Brooklyn plumbers, Petri Plumbing, can ensure true peace of mind. Before your guests arrive, consider a home inspection to find out just how robust your plumbing is.

If you’re looking for trusted plumbing solutions in Brooklyn, make sure your home or business is covered by the area’s family company since 1906. Call Petri Plumbing at (718) 748-1254 today!

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