How to Avoid Inviting a Plumber to Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday among many families. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. While dinner guests spend the day stuffing themselves, they also commonly stuff garbage disposals and drains. At Larry & Sons, we are always here to help when our customers need us, but we understand that you’d rather not have to make us a part of your Thanksgiving plans.

Because of extra houseguests and more cooking than usual, plumbers typically see approximately a 50 percent

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“Tom Turkey” …as named by Jill… flickr photo by Olin Gilbert shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

increase in emergency calls over Thanksgiving weekend. To avoid having to be one of those callers, keep the following advice in mind.

Avoiding Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems

  • Don’t stuff your disposal. A garbage disposal is not a turkey, and it does not need to be stuffed. Use it with care to avoid clogs. Avoid placing things like poultry skins, bones and fibrous, stringy or starchy waste in your disposal. Put trash in the trash can where it belongs.
  • Keep grease and oil out of your drains. Never pour cooking oil or grease down your drain. They solidify in pipes and often cause nasty blockages. Instead, collect fats, oils and grease in an old jar or another type of container, and throw them away. Wipe grease from pots and pans with paper towels before rinsing.
  • Turn your disposal on before adding food. When you’ll be using your garbage disposal, turn it on before you put food into it. Run a steady stream of warm water the entire time to help rinse food debris through the system.
  • Make sure your guests take care of your toilet. Clogged toilets are also common during the holidays. Remind your guests that the only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. Make sure young children know not to use too much paper.

If all of the advice above fails and you find yourself in need of a plumber this Thanksgiving, Larry & Sons will have technicians on-call to help. If you need us, give us a call at 301-733-5428.

The History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.

It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”

From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).

Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially all of our great customers! Have a very happy holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. And don’t forget that Thanksgiving is also about amazing food; here is a recipe from for some Sugar Coated Pecans that will add a little something extra to your meal:

Sugar Coated Pecans

“These slow-roasted whole pecans coated in an egg white and sugar glaze spiced with cinnamon make a wonderful snack for any occasion.”


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease one baking sheet.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add pecans to egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.

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