This time of year is always a busy time of year for us. Naturally, plumbing problems like to strike at the worst possible time, like right in the middle of your holiday party! Clogged drains make for one of the most common plumbing problems we see. Most clogs are not the result of a serious plumbing problem, but more so an act of fate and misuse. To protect your drains this holiday season we have some holiday plumbing tips for you.


We are big advocates for regular drain cleaning. This time of year is a great time to have your drains cleaned. As time goes on, grime and debris start to collect in your drains. During times of heavy usage, the added stress can cause a plumbing problem. Having your drains cleaned before you do any type of heavy entertaining is a good idea to prevent any unnecessary problems.


We cannot say this enough! Drains are meant to remove wastewater, not your leftovers and trash. Anything you put down the drain, has the potential get stuck and cause a clog. If you are second-guessing it, you probably should put it in the trash can. Some things to never flush or put down the drain:

  • Grease and fat
  • Leftovers
  • Bones
  • Fibrous food particles – potato peels, corn husks, celery
  • Dough – pasta, or leftover batter
  • Glass
  • Paper with the exception of toilet paper. When items say flush-able, please veer on the side of caution.
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Dental floss
  • Hair
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Cigarette butts
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Cement

Investing in drain screens is an affordable way to prevent unwanted items from entering your drains. In addition, remember whatever goes down the drain, could eventually make it into our oceans, lakes, and streams.


A clogged drain often creates a state of panic. Understandably so, it can be a stressful situation especially if you are entertaining. The most important thing is to remain calm, you make better decisions this way. To clear the clog yourself, you may want to try plunging, augmentation, hot water, or a cleaning solution made of baking soda and vinegar, or a combination of all. You may have to repeat several times. When plunging make sure you are using the right kind of plunger for the drain and make sure the plunger is fully submerged. If the clog proves to be to much, call your plumber.

The holidays should be spent with your loved ones, not spent worrying about your drains. Contact John Owens Services to schedule your drain cleaning today!


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