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6 tips to avoid clogged pipes on Super Bowl Sunday

Here are some not-so-pleasant food for thought: As we gather around the TV this weekend to cheer on our favorite team and eat chicken wings, pizza and buffalo dip, some major plays are happening in behind the scenes of your home’s plumbing. . That’s right, your pipes can easily take a sack on Super Bowl Sunday.

“No one wants to worry about drain plugs and damage to their plumbing system when they’re supposed to be having fun watching the game,” says Mike Mushinskypresident of Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. “When guests have passed, it’s easy for plumbing problems to occur, when there are large amounts of food and increased use of toilets and bins.”

Indeed, after Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the day Americans feast most food of the yearaccording to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Unsurprisingly, this means that the average calorie intake for Americans, the biggest day in football is 2,400 calories.

And here is a warning of a rude fact to come 😀During the game, the Americans will end up blushing 13 million pounds of poo—equal to 13 million soccer balls.

At the end of the line ? Your plumbing system is bound for a real workout this Sunday, so emaking sure your pipes are in good working order is crucial – you don’t want to miss that 90-yard touchdown return because you’re in the bathroom with a plunger.

To help you avoid pipe penalties in this year’s game, here are some of the best games in the plumbing book.

1. Solve all toilet paper problems

You know that using too many squares of toilet paper can clog the toilet, but it turns out that the fold of the TP matters too.

Single-ply toilet paper puts less pressure on the pipes and goes down more easily than two-ply toilet paper,” says Sewell. “When you have guests over, be sure to remove the two-ply paper from the deck and underlay it in the single-ply paper. Also keep a plunger handy to help in case of blockage.

2. Intercept those wipes

While the pandemic has made Americans obsessed with wipes (and made manufacturers’ fortunes soar overnight), using them in restrooms is a big no-no. Thick wipes can potentially stay untouched long after rinsing and cause plumbing, sewer and septic system problems.

“Rinsing disposable wipes can lead to clogs in your plumbing system,” says Sewell. “Intercept any guest trying to flush wipes down the toilet.”

So if you use wipes, hide them when you have guests over.

3. Eject oil and grease from the game

Greasy and oily foods can do a lot of damage to pipes, so be careful how you dispose of them.

“Never pour leftover grease down the drain,” says Travis Sewell, franchised business coach and licensed plumber for bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. “As it passes through pipes, it can cool, harden and cause a clog in your pipes.”

Doyle Jamespresident of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighborly company, advises you instead to put grease in a pot and throw it in the trash.

“It may be liquid when it hits the bowl, but as soon as it freezes, it becomes a pipe-clogging wax,” says James.

4. Keep Bones Offside

In 2020, the National Chicken Council predicted that Americans would eat a record 1.4 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend. Of course, thereou might like your spicy chicken wings dipped in ranch. But your plumbing system? Not really.

“Throwing the chicken bones in the trash will definitely result in a loss,” says Sewell. “The bones can jam the blades and cause obstructions, as they can catch other debris if they go past the blades. Throw those leftovers in the trash instead.

5. Starches and fibrous foods also stay on the bench

While “waste” and “disposal” are in the name, the contraption in your kitchen sink is not, in fact, a trash can.

So remember this: Although fibrous foods, such as celery and potato skins, and starchy foods like pasta and potatoes, are popular foods on game days, they can also cause plumbing headaches when they create clogs that are difficult to clean.

“Throw food scraps on the dishes in the trash, not in the garbage disposal,” says Sewell. “Overloading your garbage disposal with too much at once can cause damage.”

6. Clear the end zone

It’s not fun to be stuck with cleaning, especially if your team lost the game. But if you’re dealing with a pile of plates covered in greasy sauces and hardened cheese, try to avoid making the cleanup any worse than necessary.

Before turning on the dishwasher, run hot water from the kitchen sink faucet until the water becomes very hot. This trick will prevent the wash cycle from starting with cold water, which will freeze the contents of your plates.

“And always throw food scraps from the dishes in the trash before washing or rinsing them,” adds Sewell.