Pumpkin pulp is the perfect material for clogging plumbing and drains

Halloween is a sticky time for plumbing and drain cleaning companies like Roto-Rooter. Pumpkin carvers often push the pumpkin pulp down the kitchen sink drain, turn on the disposal and hope it goes away. I say hope because it’s mostly wishful thinking. Pumpkin pulp is

Pumpkin pulp should never be pushed down the drain
Pumpkin pulp should never be pushed down the drain

slimy when it’s wet but when it goes down the drain and begins to dry, it becomes sticky – like glue! It will gum up a garbage disposal and stick to the inside walls of drainpipes where it quickly builds into the mother of all drain clogs.

Roto-Rooter built its entire business model cleaning sewers and drains so we probably see this phenomenon more than any other company. Trust us when we tell you that pushing pumpkin guts down the drain is a very bad idea. Never mind your sewer, the pulp rarely makes it that far through your drainage system because it’s heavy and sticky and seems to form its clog just inside the pipe or a few feet downstream.

Fixing the problem won’t be easy for typical homeowners because it’s not the type of clog that a liquid drain cleaner is going to bust through. Once it sticks to the pipes, it usually can’t be removed without a mechanical cleaning from a Roto-Rooter drain cleaning machine, which literally cuts and scrapes its way through the clog.

For more information on Halloween clogs, including carving tips, a video, photos and a news release, visit our Halloween multimedia page on the Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service website.

 
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