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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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6 Plumbing Tips for Turkey Day

November 26, 2015 1:18 am

The day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest of the year for many plumbers. Big holiday meal preparation and cleanup can lead to a lot of unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. Also, holiday house guests who require additional clothes washing, showers and toilet flushes put a strain on household plumbing.

"Often, the case is that a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed, until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system," said Paul Abrams, Roto-Rooter representative. Hectic houses full of people and frantic hosts quickly and easily lead to plumbing problems throughout the holiday season. "Even more problematic is that virtually every traditional Thanksgiving dish is a supreme drain clog culprit," Abrams continued.

Thanksgiving hosts can avoid a visit from their plumber over the holiday weekend by following these clog-preventing tips:

• Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in trash.

• Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.

• Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don't wait until it's full to turn it on.

• For homes hosting weekend guests, it's a good idea to wait ten minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job.

• Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or wet wipes down a toilet. They don't dissolve and will cause clogs.

• Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive. However, in holiday emergencies, don't hesitate to ask up front about extra holiday service fees. As always, know your DIY limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.

Source: Roto-Rooter

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How to Safely Prepare a Thanksgiving Meal

November 26, 2015 1:18 am

(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when the turkey is brought to the table. Make sure your holiday meal is a special one by following these simple tips for preparing your turkey safely.

• Don’t unwrap a frozen turkey before thawing.

• Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for 24 hours per 5 pounds in weight. For example, a 20-pound bird takes four days to thaw. Thaw it faster by covering with cold water in the sink and changing the water every half hour per pound of turkey.

• Refrigerate the turkey as soon as it has thawed or cook it immediately.

• Lay a tent of foil loosely over the turkey to prevent over-browning.

• Never partially cook a turkey. Always cook it completely once started.

• The turkey is done when the meat thermometer is 180 degrees Fahrenheit and the stuffing is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a meat thermometer, look for the red stem to go up on the pop-up timer. Press a thumb and forefinger into the thick part of the drumstick to see if it feels soft or wiggle a drumstick to see if it moves easily.

• For easier carving, let the turkey stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.

Source: Rhodes Bake-N-Serv

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