Saturday, January 31, 2009

Super Bowl Clogs

The final M*A*S*H* drew a record 106 million viewers, but when it comes to an annual event to reach a large number of people, the Super Bowl reigns supreme. Last year’s game between the Giants and Patriots was viewed by 97.5 million people.

The American Institute of Food Distribution states that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption behind only Thanksgiving. The number one choice for snacking? Chicken wings. About one billion wings will be eaten.

The beverage of choice is beer. The Super Bowl is the 8th-largest beer-selling event each year.

With that much gluttony going on, something has to give. Well, it doesn’t have to be your plumbing.

Pipes clog because of a gradual buildup of grease, hair, soap or food particles. All it takes is one major overload, like a house full of guests, to exasperate the situation and create a clogged drain.

Paul Abrams, public relations manager for Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service, offers these helpful hints tips to avoid a plumbing disaster.

Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidify in the pipes and create clogs. Wipe congealed grease from pots.

Never put hard-to-grind, stringy, fibrous waste into the garbage disposer (poultry skins, chicken bones, celery, pumpkin pulp or banana peels). The disposer can't sufficiently grind these items and they will clog your sink drain.

Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposer to flush waste down the main line.

Turn on the disposer before adding food debris.

Run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times to conserve water temperature and pressure for your guests.

If you find yourself with a plumbing problem on Sunday, it is probably best to call in the professionals. Roto-Rooter has 24 hours a day / 7 days a week service, even during the Super Bowl.

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