“I have seen turkey bones in there,” a local plumber gives tips for disposing leftovers
Leftovers can be the star of the holidays or the enemy by clogging your disposal but local plumbers are working overtime to help.
LINCOLN, Neb., (KLKN) — Leftovers can be the star of the holidays or the enemy by clogging your disposal but local plumbers are working overtime to help.
“I have seen turkey bones in there,” said Joshua Borzekofski, John Henry Plumbing. “One guy actually had a whole turkey breast in the disposal before.”
During the holidays, Borzekofski says plumbers are averaging working five hours of overtime a week, helping to unclog kitchen sinks and sewers.
“One of the ones I’ve seen is instant potatoes, like the powdered formula potatoes, down the disposal with the water running on there,” said Borzekofski. “So it made mashed potatoes in the drain line.”
Borzekofski says when cleaning up after dinner, avoid putting thick foods like potatoes and stuffing in your sink disposal.
“You know if they’ve already got some sludge buildup in there, they’re adding all that stuff from Thanksgiving, whether it be the wrong things down the disposal or whatever going on with that,” said Borzekofski. “It can clog stuff up in a hurry.”
So what causes a sewer to clog? Joshua says an influx of people means more tissue and to avoid this bathroom item.
“Flushable wipes are a big one especially, you know holiday season,” said Borzekofski. “You’re going to find a lot of people, their flushable wipes. If you have a sewer, it will clog it, you know especially if you have cast iron in the sewer or anything like that. It can clog up pretty quick.”
He adds if your not sure about a food item going into the disposal, the trash can is always an option.
“If you’re using a disposal like I said use small fragments, a lot of water, otherwise just throw it in the trash can it’ll help out a lot,” said Borzekofski.
He adds if you think your sewer could have problems schedule a plumber visit before relatives come over.