You wouldn’t think Halloween and your plumbing system would have anything in common. But if you ask any plumber, you’ll learn that traditional preparations for Halloween are responsible for a great number of drain clogs. Especially in the kitchen where many homeowners like to carve their pumpkins into Halloween jack-O-lanterns then push all of the sticky pulp and seeds down into the garbage disposal.
If you’ve ever carved a pumpkin, you know how slimy pumpkin guts are. But what you may not know is what happens to the goop when it’s allowed to harden and dry. It has a glue-like quality so it sticks to any surface and dries as hard as fiberglass. It has to be scraped off of whatever it’s stuck to, so you can imagine what happens to a garbage disposal and sink drain full of pumpkin pulp. The only cure is a Roto-Rooter machine, which “twists and turns and shaves lines clean.”
Spread out a thick bed of newspaper
Scoop out the pumpkin pulp and pile it onto the newspaper
Wrap up the mess inside the newspaper and throw in garbage can or compost pile
Don’t wash your hands in the sink. Use the outside faucet or wipe hands with paper towels until clean
Even a small amount of pumpkin pulp can damage your disposal and pipes
Your Roto-Rooter sewer and drain technician is well equipped to clean your pipes if you suffer a clog from pumpkin pulp. He carries a professional grade drain cleaning machine that is specially designed for sink clogs. It has a sharp blade on the end of the rotating cable that scrapes away any clog right down to the pipe walls so your drains will be as good as new.
For more Halloween plumbing tips, check out the Halloween section of our plumbing videos.
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