Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Glendale, AZ (January 21, 2020) The teams are set, the commercials are cued up, and JLo and Shakira are ready to rock the halftime show, making it a great year to hold a Super Bowl party. Stories about the “halftime flush” overwhelming city pipes are just a myth, but the extra strain on a home’s plumbing system can lead to a super disaster.
That’s why locally owned Forrest Anderson Plumbing and AC wants to help homeowners prepare for plumbing emergencies in the kitchen and the bathroom. Here are simple tips to help hosts avoid clogs, overflows and mishaps:
In the Kitchen
Keep drains running by limiting what goes down the garbage disposal. Never put chicken bones or skin in the disposal because it can damage the blades. Eggshells and coffee grounds can also cause problems, as well as softer foods like pasta, potato skins and rice which clog pipes.
Veggie platters are a healthy snack, but fibrous foods like celery can get stuck in the disposal and cause a serious backup. Run the water before dumping scraps and let it run a minute afterwards to flush out smaller pieces.
Fried foods are popular but avoid dumping cooking oil and grease down the drain because it can solidify and clog pipes. It’s also a good idea to wipe off greasy cookware and plates with a paper towel before putting them in the dishwasher.
In the Bathroom
Before the game starts, locate the water shut-off valve under the toilet tank in case of an emergency and test it out just in case. Also find the home’s main shut-off valve which is usually near the front hose bib.
Flushable wipes can clog pipes and should only go into a wastebasket, so consider removing them before the party starts. High quality toilet paper is also preferred by plumbers because it dissolves easily and is less likely to clog pipes than coarse paper.
Put a garbage can in the bathroom to help guest avoid flushing items like food, hygiene products and trash that can lead to an overflower.
Everyone dreads the walk of shame, so put a toilet plunger in every bathroom and some old rags
or towels under the sink. Be sure to use a plunger that has a flange or ridges for toilets and a flatter plunger for sinks.
If a home has older plumbing or pipes run slowly, homeowners should inspect their toilet and sinks for any leaks or slow drainage ahead of time and call in a specialist if needed. The special teams at Forrest Anderson can provide a pre-game inspection of garbage disposals, drains, pipes and toilets. For more great tips on avoiding costly fumbles, visit the Forrest Anderson website at https://www.forrestanderson.net/.
About Forrest Anderson:
Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. has been providing exceptional service to the Phoenix area since 1961. As a third-generation family business, Forrest Anderson remains committed to its founder’s core beliefs: treat your customers right, treat your employees right, do your best work, and always do the right thing. Forrest Anderson technicians operate under a four-point service model (understand, discuss, solve and deliver) to provide a consistent, high-quality experience each and every time.
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