How to Tackle a Plumbing Emergency on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Plumbing Emergencies

Somehow plumbing emergencies always seem to strike when you have a house full of guests. Nobody wants to think about their plumbing system, particularly on Thanksgiving but Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for plumbers.  Everything that could go wrong somehow seems to from backed-up toilets, clogged drains, broken, and garbage disposals, to leaking faucets.

Plumbing Emergency on Thanksgiving

However, don’t get a plumbing emergency disrupt your festivities. Here are some recommendations to ensure that you can properly protect your home and guests:

Shut Off the Water

If the issue is related to a leak, the first course of action should be to turn off the water. Look to see if you can stop the water via the shut-off valve that directly impacts the part of the plumbing system in question. Otherwise, locate and  your main shut-off valve to avoid a bigger disaster later.

Clean Up What You Can

Numerous plumbing emergencies during Thanksgiving are related to leaks. If you are experiencing a leak or an overflowing toilet, that is pouring over the floor, grab some old towels to soak up what you can to make the area safer and mitigate any further issues.

The Disposal

The garbage disposal will be the origination of most Thanksgiving related plumbing issues. With the abundance of guests and lots of food, either too much waste or the wrong types of items go down the garbage disposal. We’ve seen it all, but the best suggestions that we can offer to avoid any disposal related issues during Thanksgiving are:

  • No pieces of turkey
  • No corn husks
  • No fats/grease
  • No bone fragments
  • No potato skins
  • No eggshells
  • No silverware
  • No aluminum foil
  • No fruit pits
  • And don’t overstuff your garbage disposal

Contact Your Plumber

Don’t wait too long to contact your local plumber. Always seek a professional’s help during a plumbing emergency since they will have the best knowledge on how to handle the situation in a quick yet efficient manner.

For anyone in San Mateo, California we at Caccia Plumbing are always available to assist with plumbing emergencies! You can count on us!

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