Pumpkins & Plumbing Don’t Mix! Trust a San Diego Plumber . . .
Often in October, our plumbers do not get to trick or treat with their kids because our phones ring off the hook. People put pumpkin seeds and guts down the toilets and into the disposal, causing pre-existing semi-clogs to block completely. Last year, we went into detail about why pumpkins and plumbing do not mix, but we still had lots of October 31 emergency calls.
Just to re-cap that article, please remember to keep pumpkin seeds, guts and meat out of:
- Garbage disposal
- Sink drain
- Yard drain
Instead, when carving your pumpkin, always use several layers of newspapers and throw all parts into the trash. Also, make sure to throw the pumpkin out within one week so you do not have a mushy mess on your hands. If you simply paint the pumpkin, leaving it uncarved, it can last for a month or more.
If throwing out the pumpkin guts seems like a waste, other things you can make with this rich flesh include:
- Roasted pumpkin seeds: full of immune-reinforcing zinc
- Pumpkin puree to put into pancakes, muffins and bread. Freezable!
- Thai pumpkin soup (pumpkin is common in Thai dishes)
- Pumpkin beer
- Pumpkin butter
- Pumpkin lasagna or ravioli
- Compost fuel (no seeds unless you want a pumpkin patch in about 6 months)
Lots of our clients who are pumpkin victims seem baffled as to why the slimy stuff would cause the clog. But that is not the whole story. Typically, other things are building up in the pipes over time, particularly hair and grease. An influx of pumpkin is just the last plug to seal off the blockage. Also, the pumpkin’s string fibers are stronger than most assume. When the guts wrap around the garbage disposal blade, they can destabilize the entire unit.
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Gets Drains Flowing Again
San Diego plumbers for over 38 years, we know just what to pack in the truck during Halloween week. We will have your toilets flowing and garbage disposal churning in no time. If something does need repaired, our plumbing repair coupons help make all work affordable. Feel free to call us at 619-472-2112. Our Better Business Bureau A+ rating and our Google Plus four- and five-star ratings will reassure you of our expertise.