The 5 Most Useful Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

With Thanksgiving season in full swing, many Americans are excited to get ready and prepare for the holidays. If you’ve read our last article, it might not be a surprise that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. That’s right, plumbing companies and plumbers are swamped with calls the day after Thanksgiving, and it isn’t surprising why! But to help make sure you’re not the one waiting to get a plumber to come over, here are our top 5 most useful Thanksgiving plumbing tips to help you enjoy the holidays and maintain your sanity!

Wait, Why Do I Need Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips?

Think about it – Thanksgiving is a time of year that millions of Americans spend with their families, enjoying time together and feasting on some delicious, greasy dishes. Since there’s a lot of food being prepared, there is naturally a lot of food waste. Then, there is the cleaning up afterward, which means leftovers make it down the garbage disposal. And finally, if you have a lot of people over, they’re going to need to use the restroom sooner or later!

All of these factors inevitably lead to a clogged drain, an overflowing toilet, or another type of problem that leads to you waiting for a plumber.

The 5 Most Useful Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

    • Make Sure Your Garbage Disposal Is Working. This is better to find out sooner rather than later. Also, run water down the disposal before and after putting food into the drain – it’ll help prevent clogs.
    • Don’t Let Leftovers Go Down The Drain. It’s much better to throw leftovers and food waste into the trash, as the garbage disposal will almost certainly clog. You definitely don’t want that to happen and potentially ruin your holiday. If you end up utilizing the garbage disposal, feed it with waste slowly and allow it to run down the drain.
      Don’t Pour Grease Down The Drain. Instead, use paper towels to wipe grease residue from pots and pans and throw it into the trash. Grease travels deep into your pipes and can harden, causing major clogs.
    • Careful What You Flush! Your bathroom’s plumbing system isn’t meant to handle anything other than toilet paper. So make sure not to flush Q-tips, feminine hygiene products, cotton balls, cigarette butts, or wet wipes (yes, even the ones that say they’re flushable – trust us!) And if you have any family with small children, make sure they’re aware or supervise their bathroom usage.
    • Wait 10 Minutes Between Showers. If you have a lot of guests during the holidays, waiting about 10 minutes between showers can let your water heater catch up. That’ll help make sure that everyone can get a hot shower. Try not to turn your water heater up. It can raise your heating bill and cause issues. An alternative is to cut down on long showers (but we know that can be hard!)


We hope these Thanksgiving plumbing tips save you the trouble of dealing with plumbing issues this holiday season. Sometimes, though, things happen, and you might end up needing a professional, reputable plumber to help you. Do you need a plumber after Thanksgiving in Cypress, TX? We’re happy to help. Give Show Plumbing a call at (281) 860-2000, and we’ll get your plumbing issues taken care of.

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