Money Talks News: How to Avoid Needing Plumber on Black Friday

"I don't have one specifically because I'm a plumber and I don't want one. Disposals. The no-nos are: no coffee grounds, no potato peels, no egg shells. Just the smallest food stuffs."

Follow Joe Carazola's advice and you could save yourself hundreds on Thanksgiving, or the day after.

It's one of the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

One of the culprits: clogged kitchen drains. Solution:"Keep a trash can handy. You shouldn't of course, obviously put a lot of grease down the line. As little as possible should go down the disposal."

You never know when you're going to need to call a plumber, but you do know if you call one, it's going to cost you a ton of money. So how about some tips to avoid inviting a plumber to your Thanksgiving meal:

First, don't use your garbage disposal as a trash compactor. Keep bones, fibrous veggies and potato peels out of that disposal.

Next, don't flush things like baby wipes and cotton balls down the toilet, and even avoid some so-called "flushable" wipes.

"Nothing other than toilet paper and human waste should be going down the toilet."

Got a house full of guests? Wait 15 minutes between showers. That's not just to let the water heat up. It's also to let the drains clear.

Also, if you notice in the weeks leading up to the holidays that your drains are running slowly, do what you can to fix them or have a plumber out and have them fix them. And if something does happen, try to find a plumber that doesn't charge extra for emergency calls.

Bottom line... the only way you want to invite a plumber to your house on Thanksgiving is if they're on the guest list. The last thing you want is to drain that wallet.

Want more information? It's waiting for you right here.

Just go to and do a search for "plumbers."

For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.

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