Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Let’s assume that you did the romantic thing and decided to stay home to cook your significant other their favorite dinner. Doesn’t that sound much more romantic and personal than rushing out and fighting the crowds at whatever restaurant is trending on Instagram? But, if you’re staying home to cook, make sure you don’t neglect your plumbing. You don’t want to have to call us here at Easy Flow for emergency plumbing assistance. So, to help you out, here are some Valentine’s Day plumbing tips from our team of plumbing professionals:

#1 - Keep Your Drains Free And Clear

If you’re cooking for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, then make sure you don’t incidentally put any food waste down the drain (unless you have a garbage disposal, but more on that later). Remember, the drains in your sink aren’t designed to handle food waste.

However, everyone’s human. We all make mistakes sometimes. So don’t fret. No one is going to get mad at you for accidentally putting some leftover food down the drain. If you wind up with a clogged drain this Valentine’s Day, we can always come out to help.

Additionally, you can help prevent drain clogs pretty easily. Just head over to your local hardware store and pick up a couple of drain screens. They’re incredibly affordable and can save you hundreds of dollars on professional drain cleaning in the future. We always highly recommend them.

Valentine’s Day Plumbing Tips #2 - Don’t Misuse Your Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal, then you’re probably aware that you can put some types of food waste down the drain without having to worry. However, for some reason, several people seem to think that they can put anything left on their plates down their disposal. As lovely as that would be, it’s not based in reality. Unfortunately, there are several things your disposal simply cannot handle. So, to prevent misuse of your garbage disposal, avoid the following items:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Bones
  • Grease, fat, or oil
  • Celery and other tough raw vegetables
  • Potato peels and different vegetable skins
  • Fruit seeds or pits
  • Pasta

To learn more about what does and does not go down your garbage disposal, check out our blog post on just that!

#3 - Find Your Main Water Shutoff Valve

One of the most important things you can do to prevent plumbing disasters is to find your main water shutoff valve. Why is that important, you ask? Well, in the event of a plumbing emergency or flood, you can prevent a lot of damage by turning off the main water supply to your home or business.

Generally, your main water shutoff valve is outside your house, facing the street. However, depending on your home or business, you may find your shutoff valve on the side or behind your property. If you don’t know where yours is, we highly recommend you stop whatever it is you’re doing and go outside to find it right away. It really can save you from severe damage in the event of a plumbing emergency.

Contact Us For More Valentine’s Day Plumbing Tips!

Well, those are our three Valentine’s Day plumbing tips to help prevent plumbing disasters tomorrow night. And, if you still wind up with a plumbing problem, then don’t fret! You can always contact the plumbing professionals here at Easy Flow for help! So, with that in mind, happy Valentine’s Day from all our staff! We hope you have a wonderful holiday!