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Avoiding Labor Day Weekend Plumbing Fiascos

Labor Day Plumbing Tips

Labor Day weekend is almost upon us! A bittersweet time of year, the official end of Summer celebrated with family, friends, and BBQ. But before you start flipping those burgers, We have some plumbing tips for you to help avoid labor day weekend plumbing disasters.

Tips to avoid a Labor Day Fiasco that can put a damper on your fun:

  • Be Kind to your Garbage Disposal – With all your extra company-Beware of putting things down it that can damage the disposal . Oil, Grease and other food scraps can not only damage your disposal but also clog your kitchen sink.
  • Freshen up your garbage disposal after the party! Toss in a few citrus peels, such as a lemon, and let it run. The peels will clean the blades and freshen up the smell.
  • Make sure you have a garbage can in your bathroom – You don’t want guests flushing anything other than toilet paper down your drains or you might have a surprise overflow ruining your good time!
  • Have a plunger handy and know how to use it!- If your little nephew, Tommy thinks it would be cool to see if his superman toy can swim, you will need to be prepared.
  • Know where your toilet shut off valve is. Typically located under the toilet tank, this emergency option can stop an overflowing toilet from starting a flood.
  • Know Where Your Main Water Valve Is – In the event of an emergency, it’s important that you know where your main water valve is. This will help prevent flooding damage if you do run into any plumbing problems this weekend.
  • Check Your Hose Bib for Leaks – If you are planning to use the hose for some outdoor fun, checking for a leak can save you a lot of water( and money).

That last weekend celebrating time off with family and friends on Labor Day is meant to be enjoyable, so don’t let plumbing issues ruin your party! If plumbing problems do occur, Contact Auger Pros Plumbing & Drain for help and mention our coupon! 214-206-6580

For an especially festive Labor Day, Try our Berry Trifle Recipe:

This Berry Trifle is a delicious dessert of fresh blueberries and strawberries layered with cake, whipped cream, and pudding or pastry cream for a decadent, crowd-favorite dessert. 


  • Fresh strawberries – sliced
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Pudding or Pastry Cream
  • Vanilla Cake or Cream Cheese Pound Cake – cut into cubes
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Whipped Cream

Step by Step Instructions

I use a glass trifle bowl in each of these photos, but I’ve used large glass bowls, and even used individual dessert glasses where I made several individual-sized trifles. Use what you have and what makes you happy with your presentation. I’ll refer to it as a trifle bowl in the instructions.

  1. Start by adding your sliced strawberries to a medium sized mixing bowl and sprinkle with sugar and set aside. This is to bring out the maximum sweetness in the strawberries.
  2. Assemble the layers by adding a ½ of the vanilla pudding OR ½ of the pastry cream to the bottom of the glass trifle bowl.
  3. Next, layer ½ of the vanilla cake cubes OR ½ of the cream cheese poundcake cubes.
  4. Follow with a layer of ⅓ of the strawberries and blueberries.
  5. Next layer with ½ of the whipped cream.
  6. Repeat layering with the remaining cake cubes, remaining pudding or pastry cream, ⅓ of the berries and remaining whipped cream.
  7. Right before serving, top the Berry Trifle with the remaining ⅓ of the strawberries and blueberries. This looks freshest and most beautiful for serving.

Note: Many people go to great lengths to make sure that every layer of the ingredients shows in their trifle. You can be very precise in the placement of your layers – it’s your choice. The dessert will be delicious no matter if every strawberry slice is placed just perfectly or not.

Berry Trifle Options

While I’ve included my absolute favorite ways to serve this trifle, I do have a few options for you that might be helpful:

  • Cake options – Rather than using the vanilla cake or cream cheese poundcake called for, you can also grab an Angel Food Cake from the grocery store bakery to use for the cake portion in this recipe. It tastes divine and is ready in a jiffy.
  • No Vanilla Pudding – You can simply omit the vanilla pudding in this recipe and simply use whipped cream.
  • Non-dairy topping – While I prefer to use whipped cream in my trifle, some do prefer to use the non-dairy whipped topping that you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store.

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