Guide to a Trouble-Free Thanksgiving

No, we’re not referring to members of the family, we’re talking about your plumbing system, of course!

A little caution can go a long way in preventing plumbing disasters during the holiday season. In this article we’ll share a few tips to ensure a clog-free and stress-free Thanksgiving for you and your plumbing.

Grease and Fats

While it might be tempting to pour that leftover turkey grease down the drain, it’s a recipe for disaster. Grease and fats can solidify in your pipes, causing blockages and backups. Instead, let the grease cool and solidify in a container, then throw it in the trash. Better yet, consider recycling it for future use or disposal.


As you carve the Thanksgiving turkey, resist the urge to send those bones down the garbage disposal, and, by all means, never give cooked bones to your pets! For the disposal, bones are hard and can easily damage the blades. Dispose of bones in the trash or use them to make a delicious bone broth before tossing!

Stringy, Sticky Veggies:

Fibrous vegetables like pumpkin, celery and onion skins may seem harmless, but they can wreak havoc on your garbage disposal. Keep seeds and pulp out of the garbage disposal. The fibers in pumpkin and other vegetables in the squash family are especially starchy and sticky. When it dries, it can harden and may clog drainpipes and garbage disposals, causing all sorts of trouble! Instead, consider composting the pulp or simply toss in the trash. As for the seeds, roasting them with some sea salt is simple and delicious!

Starchy Foods:

Potato peels and other starchy foods can swell in your pipes, creating a thick, glue-like substance that’s a perfect recipe for clogs. Dispose of peels and excess starch in the trash to keep your drains flowing smoothly.

Coffee Grounds:

After a hearty Thanksgiving meal, many of us reach for a cup of coffee. However, coffee grounds are a notorious culprit when it comes to clogged drains. Instead of washing them down the sink, add them to your compost or throw them in the trash.

Increased Traffic to the Powder Room:

With family and friends coming over for the holiday weekend, chances are your toilets are going to be well-exercised.  Be sure to remind children that nothing except toilet paper goes in the bowl! This includes flushable wipes.  Although the packaging says their plumbing system friendly, they can clog pipes and are slow to break down.  It’s always best to simply wrap used wipes in toilet paper and toss in the trash. 

As you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, keep your plumbing in mind by avoiding the common culprits that can lead to clogs and backups. A little awareness and precaution can save you from the inconvenience of plumbing emergencies, allowing you to focus on gratitude and good company during the season. Here’s to a happy and clog-free Thanksgiving!