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Holiday season is also the busiest time of year for local plumbers

Posted at 10:36 AM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 11:36:11-05

The holiday season is always full of fun and excitement. It’s also filled with several plumbing problems.

“Your plumbing system is getting more taxed than it normally is because you have more guest in the house, more volume,” said Josh Blassingame with Blassingame Plumbing.

Blassingame said this is the busiest time of year and around 90 percent of his calls are about clogs.

“Just because it can flush doesn’t mean it should flush. Please use the trash can. Anything from feminine hygiene products to wipes it doesn’t need to go down the drain. Just stick with toilet paper and what else needs to go down the toilet.”

Blassingame said he also gets several calls about clogs in the kitchen.

“Everybody thinks I’m chasing it with hot water, I’m just gonna pour that grease down the drain,” said Blassingame. “Problem is that you have a trap underneath your sink. When that grease hits that water it’s gonna solidify.”

Blassingame says it’s important to throw bones and other food items in the trash instead of down your sink because your garbage disposal can clog up too.

“Disposal can handle most things but stuff like potato peelings and celery string, things like that you don’t want to put down the drain. Even rice,” said Blassingame.

Blassingame say when you dump food down your disposal, do it gradually and make sure you use plenty of water to wash it down.

Blassingame also said if your handy enough, underneath your disposal you can easily press the reset button and use an Alan wrench to un-jam and reset your disposal. Just make sure the power is off.