I guess it wouldn't really be Christmas, or any holiday for that matter, if something unplanned didn't happen. You know the memes:
the neighborhood dogs running through the house and eating the prized turkey,
the power going out,
the sink getting blocked.
Ah, the sink getting blocked. We now meet.
Picture this: Christmas night, the meal is done, everyone in the dining room enjoying* each other's company, desert is at the ready. You're clearing the table and bringing the dishes into the kitchen, placing them into the sink and the crazy thought of maybe prepping them for the dishwasher crosses your mind.
*Enjoying. I use this word loosely, obviously.
You suddenly notice the water pooling. No problem... the strainer is probably set to lock.
So a bout of plunging (against my better judgement) and bottle of Liquid-Plumr later, and it's still a murky mess. Okay fine, so maybe mixing it with Drāno wasn't the best idea but at that point what did I have to lose (I mean, other than the structural integrity of my pipes)?
I woke up the next morning blissfully unaware of any of that disgusting mess. I opened my eyes and then I remembered.
Damn. Just damn.
Yep, still clogged. Nothing budged, over twelve hours later.
"Hi Plumber. My sink is clogged."
"Okay, we'll be out within the hour."
He needed all 35 feet of the snake to clear it out. I went into the basement and heard and felt it down the exposed pipe in the wall and into the floor. It was all he could do without more massive work. And thankfully it was enough.
It was likely years of soap, bits of grease that went uncaught, maybe some food particles that the strainer missed. We've owned the home for 5 years now, lived there just over 4 years, and always used enzymatic cleaner down the drain... but who knows about the 30-plus years before.
Really... what would a holiday be without some sort of issue? There's always room for some excitement. Would it be better if that excitement is fun and not frustration? Sure. But excitement adds some spice to life.
And now I've experienced a Christmas disaster. I never want that again.