Before I started at Roto-Rooter, I would have never guessed this caused plumbing problems. For the past few years at Roto-Rooter, we've tried to get the word out that jack-o'-lanterns should never be carved in and around the kitchen sink. Turns out a lot of Americans push the sticky pumpkin pulp and seeds down the drain where the slimy stuff gums up disposals, sticks to the pipes then hardens like glue to choke-off drains. The stuff is like nature's fiberglass resin.
We recommend carving pumpkins over spread out newspapers far from the kitchen sink. The newspaper makes it easy to wrap up the pumpkin guts and toss the whole thing into a garbage can or a compost pile. You can also plant the seeds next spring and have pumpkins ready in time for next year's Halloween festivities.
Every year Roto-Rooter sees a slight uptick in kitchen plumbing jobs beginning about five days before Halloween, when most people carve their pumpkins. Sometimes we'll only hear from a few scattered plumbers about this, other years plumbers from Pittsburgh to Phoenix will report in on the phenomenon. Plumbing companies use a special rotating cable machine (a Roto-Rooter) equipped with cutting blades to bore through sink clogs then shave away the pumpkin pulp clinging to the inside pipe walls. The process can be time consuming and costly so save yourself some cash and keep the pumpkin guts out of the kitchen sink or any other drain.
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