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Thanksgiving dinner cleanup

Published On: Nov 25 2013 08:55:50 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The down side to Thanksgiving is the cleanup after everyone’s eaten.

And to make things easier you might be tempted to just dump everything down the garbage disposal.

But Wallner Plumbing says that’s not the best idea.

They say the things that make Thanksgiving delicious can be terrible for your plumbing.

According to technicians, potato skins, celery stalks and string beans are the biggest offenders.

They say the fibrous materials tangle up the motor and can lead to clogs and even burn out your disposal unit.

The amount of detritus you put down the drain matters as well.  The disposal is more likely to get jammed if the unit is full as opposed to pieces fed in one at a time.

Turkey bones are bad for your disposal too, they’re hard and when they’re broken up they can stick to the inside of your pipes, causing blockages.

If your drain gets clogged, it can cost as much as $150 to get it unstuck, assuming there aren’t any huge problems.

If your garbage disposal ends up breaking it can cost $100 to $350 for a replacement unit.

Wallner Plumbing recommends running hot water to help clear out any grease that’s built up in your pipes.

And grinding ice can help keep your disposal’s blades clear.