Consumer Advisory: Don't let holiday plumbing issues drain your holiday cheer

Grease congeals, clogging the pipes. It’s also a sure way to remove the joy of a late-night sandwich of leftovers.

DENVER –-  Stuffing holiday dinner scraps down your sink could end up costing you more than a ham and a turkey leg. The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), which manages the licensing of the state’s plumbing professionals, warns that discarding the fat from turkeys, hams and roasts as well as vegetable scraps through your pipes may result in an emergency plumbing call. And, it’s not just grease that can be problematic. Turkey bones, celery, onions and eggshells, pasta and rice can create issues, too. So, what can consumers do to avoid problems?

DPO asks consumers to take five minutes to review these tips to avoid common plumbing blunders around holiday feasts:
  1. Use paper towels to wipe grease from pots, then throw them into the trash. Or, pour grease into a container, let it solidify, then discard the container.
  2. Use a sink strainer to prevent food from passing through into the pipes.
  3. If using a disposal, make sure to turn it on and run the water for at least 20-30 seconds after discarding scraps.
  4. Avoid putting stringy or fibrous waste into a disposal.
  5. Run the water thoroughly after using the disposal.
  6. If there are numerous house guests, wait about 10 minutes between showers so slow drains can clear.
  7. Take care of plumbing problems before the holidays.
And if you must call a plumber, DPO encourages you to check and click “Verify a License” before putting in a work order to ensure the plumber is licensed and in good standing.
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Media Contact:
Lee Rasizer
Division of Professions and Occupations
p: 303-894-2913