Save Yourself Money this Thanksgiving by Avoiding a Sewer Backup

family on thanksgiving taking turkey out of oven

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with your family and loved ones. It can also be a little chaotic with all the family, friends, and food. With everyone running around to help, and your kitchen looking like it just exploded, sometimes it’s hard to control what goes down your drains. But it’s important to remember the costly damage that can occur with all that food thrown down the drain, the amount of guests in your bathroom, and the cold weather that can add extra stress to your pipes and drains.

What Not To Put Down Your Drain

  • A good rule of thumb is to avoid putting Fats Oil, and Grease (called FOGs) down your drain. Cooking oil, fats, and grease from pans should be put in a disposable container like a coffee can and thrown into the trashcan.
  • Turkey skins and chicken skins should be discard into the trash.
  • Starches: potato peels, pasta, rice, etc.
  • Fibrous or stringy foods: corn husks, celery, coffee grounds, artichokes, etc.
  • Bones of any size.

Garbage Disposal Tips

  • Always run a lot of cold water when running your disposal. Cold water will turn any small quantities of grease into solid form that easily moves down the drain.
  • Never put more than a pound of food in the disposal at one time.
  • Keep running the cold water for 15 to 20 seconds after the food is done grinding to help flush the drain line.


The amount of people in your household on a holiday like Thanksgiving can cause a lot of stress on your plumbing system. Combined with all the food and dishes in your sink, this also means more trips to the bathroom. Remind your guests of the only thing that should be flushed down the toilet: toilet paper.

These tips can help prevent a lot of plumbing problems this holiday season and save you money by avoiding the potentially costly repairs of clogged drains and backed up sewers.



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