How to Avoid a Plumbing Emergency On Thanksgiving

he week of Thanksgiving is a time for family, great food, giving thanks for all that we are grateful for … and plumbing emergencies?????

It’s true, the day after Thanksgiving on average is the busiest day of the year for a plumber.

Now, while the great technicians at McAtee will gladly change their Black Friday shopping plans to help you out, there is plenty you can do to prevent a plumbing problem during the holiday!

A lot of hours are spent in the kitchen in preparation for that perfect Thanksgiving feast. However, this is the area that leads to the number one culprit in creating a plumbing emergency as many will use their sink or garbage disposal in place of the garbage can.

Here are some items that should never go down your sink drain or garbage disposal:

Skin from the turkey (or any poultry for that matter)

Potato peels

Onion peels

Any kind of fat or cooking oil

Vegetables or fruits that are fibrous in nature such as celery or pumpkin.


Disposing of items in the kitchen is the top plumbing issue during Thanksgiving, there are other areas in your house that are a concern.

Holidays often mean family and friends and stopping by. The more visitors to your house, the bigger strain on the pipes in your bathroom.

Just like your garbage disposal, there are only certain items that should be flushed down the toilet. Those are the waste out of your own body and toilet paper. Items such as cotton balls, cleansing cloths (yes, even the ones that say “flushable” on the package. They really aren’t.) or swabs should be placed in the trash can.

Another preventive measure you can take is that if you think your drains are already running slow, pick up a store-bought drain cleaner to help eliminate any partial clogs that have started. This could help avert a plumbing emergency when your friends and family start coming over.

If you are worried about things being disposed of properly, you could also pick up an additional trash can or replace the one you have with a bigger one. A lot of times, a visitor will avoid putting something in the trash if it is in danger of over-flowing – even if that means putting the trash someplace it isn’t supposed to go.

Making sure the right things are going down your drains, and clearing up clogs beforehand are two simple tasks that can make sure you avoid making that call to the plumber before you even figure out what to do with all those leftovers!

From the entire team at McAtee, we hope you have all a great Thanksgiving!

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