Most shoppers recognize the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it is the busiest and most productive day of the year for retailers. All during the year they might have been “in the red” but in just one day they often get “in the black” with profits.
Black Friday also doubles as Brown Friday for one profession.
It is also the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
Roto Rooter plumbing service says that the day after Thanksgiving might be a busy day for shoppers, but it is their busiest day of the year for emergency house calls.
Because guests are visiting and the toilet is used more than usual, one would think a clogged toilet would be the number one emergency. Toilets are clogged and do need attention, but it’s the sink that’s the number one emergency. This also includes the garbage disposal.
Because of the extra cooking, all kinds of foods that produce grease, wreaks havoc with drains. Cooks dump grease down the drain that hardens and clogs the drain.
Pumpkin entrails, turkey dressing and bones can cause a problem when thrown into the garbage disposal, according to the Houston Chronicle, but potato and onion peelings are the worst.
“They’re slippery and can form a paste. Things can swell up in a pipe,” veteran plumber Tom Pierce told the Chronicle.
Plumbers offer the following tips:
- Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in trash.
- Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.
- Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don’t wait until it’s full to turn it on.
- For homes hosting weekend guests, it’s a good idea to wait 15 minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job.
- Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet. They don’t dissolve and will cause clogs.
- Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive. However, in holiday emergencies, don’t hesitate to ask up front about extra holiday service fees.
- As always, know your limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.
When you pay attention to the above rules, then maybe you can spend time with Black Friday shopping instead of dealing with Brown Friday plumbing problems.