HomeAdvisor Offers Homeowners Four Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Disasters

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Preparations help prevent the extra expense of hiring a plumber.

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According to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, the average national cost of hiring a plumber is $352.

According to data* from HomeAdvisor, handymen and plumbers receive the highest number of service requests for backed-up and clogged drains during November. The cost of hiring a plumber to repair the garbage disposal and unclog the drain can be hundreds of dollars. HomeAdvisor’s personal finance expert, Leah Ingram, provides tips to homeowners to avoid costly plumbing repairs during the holidays.

“According to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, the average national cost of hiring a plumber is $352,” Ingram said. “Homeowners can prevent these costly repairs by taking a few simple precautions when preparing their holiday meals.”

Ingram offers four tips to avoid holiday plumbing disasters:

  •     Never throw corn husks, coffee grounds, grease, bones, potato skins, egg shells, or lettuce into the garbage disposal.
  •     Don’t overload the garbage disposal; throw food waste a little at a time down the drain.
  •     Always run cold water when throwing items into the disposal.
  •     Complete the following garbage disposal maintenance every three months: Throw ice down the disposal to sharpen the blades; toss lemon and orange peels down the disposal to prevent odors. Additionally, use a garbage disposer cleaner to degrease the pipes.

For more tips on garbage disposal maintenance and repair, check out HomeAdvisor’s video.

For more information on HomeAdvisor and its services, visit http://www.homeadvisor.com. Home improvement tips are available by following @HomeAdvisor on Twitter and by subscribing to the YouTube channel.

About HomeAdvisor    
HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 85,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home trips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo.

Contact: Brooke Gabbert
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Direct: 303.963.8173

*Based on the number of service requests submitted on homeadvisor.com for a drain clog or blockage between October 1, 2012- September 30, 2013.

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