Turkey is what you think of on Thanksgiving.  But if you are a plumber – you think of the potential for a clogged drain!

Well, plumbing companies like Burton also call that day Black Friday, but not because we’re avid shoppers.  For us, the day after Thanksgiving is our busiest day of the year.  Why?  Because once the remnants of your Thanksgiving feast hit the garbage disposal and kitchen sink drain, all heck breaks loose. A clogged drain is no one’s friend.

And so, to help you concentrate on leftovers, holiday shopping, spending time with your family and friends during and after your Thanksgiving feast, here’s a list of what’s okay and not okay to pour down the drain or stuff into your garbage disposal:


  • Rinse greasy plates in cold water.
  • Run cold water for about 60 seconds after you’ve rinsed your dishes to help prevent grease from solidifying and sticking to the inside of your drain line.  .
  • Keep water flowing while you run your disposal so everything flushes all the way down.
  • Put ice cubes in your disposal.  They help keep the blades sharp.
  • Put small chunks of lemon peel in your disposal.  This helps to de-odorize the drain.
  • And, just for good measure, pour an organically friendly drain cleaning liquid (like Bio Clean) down the drain after all the clean-up is done.  In fact, this is a good habit to get into all year long.

Definitely Not Okay

  • Don’t dump grease down the drain. Instead, pour it into a coffee can and throw it out with the trash.
  • Don’t force large amounts of food down the disposal all at once.  That tends to jam the blades.
  • Don’t put celery, onion peels, lettuce, and other fibrous foods in the disposal.  These are very difficult to grind up.
  • Don’t put pasta, potatoes, rice, or coffee in your garbage disposal, either.  Same reason.
  • And definitely keep turkey bones out of your disposal.  Not only is this bad for the blades, it’s murder on your ears!

Still, what if you have a clogged drain, no matter how careful you might be?  Then the plumbing and drain cleaning professionals at Burton will be on hand and ready fix the problem, and all with a minimum of disruption to your holiday weekend plans.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Burton A/C, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical.

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