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Homeowners: Expect Plumbing Problems after Thanksgiving

Black Friday is among the busiest holidays for plumbers; find out what you can do to avoid common plumbing mishaps

Houston, TX – Every year shoppers go to new lengths to be first in line for Black Friday shopping. While shoppers prepare to camp out at a storefront overnight, plumbers prepare for an overflow of plumbing service calls on their busiest holiday of the year!

According to the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®, extra pressure is put on home plumbing systems on Thanksgiving. With day-long meal prep and additional house it’s easy for the wrong items to go down the drain and disposal.

Follow these simple tips to avoid common mistakes that can ruin your plumbing:

  • There is a “right way” to use your kitchen sink and garbage disposal

The garbage disposal works best when small particles are mixed with water. Always run the water when using a garbage disposal. If your disposal becomes clogged, turn it off, and shut off the water. Don’t reach into a disposal, and never, ever use harsh chemicals to treat a clog. Instead, try a plunger.

  • The Trash Can or Compost Pile is Best

Fats, bones and vegetable peels can clog drains and damage the disposal.  When fats and grease cool, put them into a disposable container and throw it in the trash. If you have a compost pile, that’s a good place for peels.  Anything that you can hold in your hand, throw it out instead.

  • Knowledge of Appropriate Items to Flush Will Save Your Toilet

The amount of people in a normal household easily triples on Thanksgiving Day. This means triple the amount of trips to the bathroom, which strains the integrity of your home’s plumbing system. Remind your guests what can and can’t be flushed, and inform them of any plumbing issues you are already aware of. Meaning, if you need to jiggle the toilet handle to get it to flush, spread the word.

  • Preventative Maintenance Can Pay Off

If water drains slowly in your showers or sinks, and it’s been a while since you’ve had a plumbing inspection, now may be a good time to call a trusted plumbing professional. They can spot potential trouble areas. They can also help winterize your plumbing system for the colder weather to come. Cold temperatures can put more stress on your pipes, drains, outdoor hose bibs and water heaters.

For holiday-related plumbing information, contact your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

Notes to editors

About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® is part of the Direct Energy family of brands and is currently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the leading plumbing franchises (Franchise 500, January 2017.) Our trusted plumbing professionals offer customers on-time plumbing services, and repairs. Franchised Benjamin Franklin Plumbing locations are independently owned and operated businesses.


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Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with nearly five million residential and commercial customers. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

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