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Plumber offers advice for Thanksgiving

Plumbers say the bones, grease and other food scraps left on your plate can easily clog drains...
Plumbers say the bones, grease and other food scraps left on your plate can easily clog drains and garbage disposals.(WGEM)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:55 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The Thanksgiving season is a busy time of year for many people, and that is especially true for plumbers.

While preparing the feast and in its aftermath, people tend to put a lot of food waste down the kitchen drain. But plumbers say the bones, grease and other food scraps left on your plate can easily clog drains and garbage disposals.

David Keck, owner of Keck’s Plumbing, says that the Thanksgiving scraps sent down the drain can building on top of previously deposited waste and quickly clog a drain. He recommends that before putting anything down the sink, you scrape what you can into a trashcan.

He also recommends that you use water to chase what you can down the drain.

“I recommend people to let it run for 30 seconds, 40 seconds even after you’re done putting the stuff through it, so it allows whatever you’ve ground up to wash down the line,” Keck said.

He also urges people to use common sense to determine what can or can’t go down the drain, because a visit from a plumber can cost up to $300.

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