Easter means turkey dinners and family gatherings. For household drains and aging sewers across Toronto, it means a lot of grease going down the pipes - and into the sewers.

For some harried cooks, the simplest way to get rid of fat from turkeys, bacon and roasts is down the kitchen drain. There it congeals, clogging the pipe and trapping food scraps until the only solution is to call the plumber.

Easter is especially stressful for household drains.

Congealed grease can harden into a consistency like candle wax or clay.

When houses are packed with guests, there are more showers and toilet flushes than normal. People chuck disposable wipes, cotton balls or hair down the toilet.

Your house kind of has a heart attack.  All that extra activity is enough to push it over the edge.

Some of that household oil and fat makes its way into the aging sewers.

To avoid home drain problems, experts have some advice:

- Clean up oil and grease with paper towels and discard them. Or pour off the grease into a container, let it congeal, and discard the container in the trash.

- Avoid putting stringy or fibrous waste down the sink.

- If there are a lot of house guests, wait 10 minutes or so between showers so slow drains can clear.

- Do not flush wipes, cotton swabs or paper towels down the toilet.

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