Halloween is a time of year when many people experience plumbing problems. Sometime late in October, plumbers start to get phone calls from distraught homeowners who claim that their garbage disposals are backed up or their pipes are clogged. Why?
It’s all because of the pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is a fun family activity that can spell disaster for your pipes at home. The issue occurs when homeowners try to dispose of their pumpkin seeds in the garbage disposal. Pumpkin guts may feel soft and mushy when they’re fresh from the squash, but once they’re left to dry in your pipes, this stringy, seedy, tough material can harden like cement inside your plumbing.
Carving pumpkins doesn’t have to be a pipe-clogging experience. For an easy to clean up pumpkin carving experience, spread newspaper on the table or counter in the location where you plan to do the carving. Place the pumpkin on top of the newspaper and proceed with the carving process as usual. (By the way, if you’re looking for an inspirational pumpkin design, check out this website!)
Keep the pumpkin guts contained to the newspaper. (another tip: at Terry’s Plumbing, we suggest separating the pumpkin seeds, laying them on a cookie sheet, drizzling them with olive oil and sea salt, and then baking them at a very low temperature for many hours. Yummy!)
When the pumpkin carving is complete, remove the pumpkin, fold up the newspaper, then throw it away, put it in your compost or save the contents to make pumpkin vomit.
Maintaining your garbage disposal isn’t just a matter of not putting pumpkin parts down the pipes. There are numerous ways that you can protect your plumbing using easy DIY solutions.
At Terry’s Plumbing, we know how to keep your pipes in good condition. To get help with clogs, backed up pipes and garbage disposal problems this Halloween, contact us today at (412) 364-9114.