kitchen counter with pine decor
kitchen counter with pine decor

5 Ways You Can Prevent Clogged Drains This Holiday Season

Got guests? To keep them happy and well fed (and well bathed), follow these extra-powerful trouble-taming tips! Just say no to clogged drains, and no thank you to a special holiday visit from the plumber. You got this!


  1. To prevent kitchen sink clogs (and any last-minute orders for take-out), avoid pouring grease or oil down your drain. This can be especially important for holiday cooking—dishes such as turkey, duck or ham tend to create a lot of excess fat. Instead, pour grease into a sealable container, and then throw the sealed container in the trash. Otherwise, grease can stick to the inside of your pipes and eventually create problems.

  2. You should also avoid letting large food scraps go down the drain, especially if you don't have a garbage disposal. Use a drain strainer in your sink to prevent this from happening.

vegetables in strainer over sink drain
  1. Before your guests arrive, clean out the stoppers in your sinks and bathtubs. Take each stopper out and remove any hair or soap scum that has built up on it.

cleaning bathtub drain
  1. Next, use a clog-prevention product such as Drano® Max Build-Up Remover to remove the gunk that tends to build up inside pipes. This product uses natural enzymes and bacteria to remove the buildup that can eventually lead to a clog.

clean toilet with build up remover product
  1. Lastly, consider using drain screens in your showers and sinks. These items fit over your drain opening to help prevent hair, soap scum and other gunk from entering your drain in the first place. You can often find these products at bed and bath stores.

clean clear bathroom floor drain

If you do end up with a clog, don't panic. You can use a clog-removing product such as Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover. Be sure to keep some on hand so the only surprises you get this holiday season are happy ones.