Avoid Holiday Plumbing Disasters this Thanksgiving

“Brown Friday” is Busiest Day of the Year for Roto-Rooter

CINCINNATI--()--The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers and drain cleaners. Holiday meal preparation and after-dinner cleanup create “the perfect storm” for plumbers who stay extra busy unclogging kitchen sinks, disposals, toilets and sewers. While shoppers and retailers call it Black Friday, many plumbers refer to the day after Thanksgiving as “Brown Friday” because of the dirty water and sewage they are called upon to deal with.

According to Roto-Rooter, America’s largest provider of plumbing repair and sewer and drain services, “Brown Friday” is its busiest day of the year. The company’s incoming calls for service increase by 50 percent over an average Friday, and it sees a 27 percent uptick in business over any other Friday through Sunday period in November.

“This time of year, homes have extra occupants in the form of holiday guests who are taking extra showers and flushing more toilets. That alone puts additional stress on many residential drain systems,” said Paul Abrams, spokesperson for Roto-Rooter. “And as soon as the kitchen gets busy and the sink and disposal start receiving peelings, poultry skin and oily turkey drippings, things start clogging up fast.”

Roto-Rooter will be properly staffed on Thanksgiving and fully staffed on Friday to deal with additional service calls. Virtually every Roto-Rooter service technician will be working on “Brown Friday,” saving customers from long waits and outrageous holiday service charges.

To avoid a visit from the plumber over the holidays, follow these tips:

  • Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down the drain. They will solidify in pipes and choke drains.
  • Never put stringy, fibrous or starchy waste down the garbage disposal. Disposals can handle most scraps in small quantities, but it’s best to toss food waste into the trash can or compost pile.
  • Make sure the disposal is running when you feed it food scraps.
  • Don’t flush cotton balls or wet wipes down toilets. They don’t dissolve and will cause clogs. Place a waste basket in the bathroom so guests won’t flush these items.

Avoid the drama of Thanksgiving clogs, watch our fun and helpful Thanksgiving videos.

Established in 1935, Roto-Rooter operates businesses in more than 620 location serving the U.S. and Canada. www.RotoRooter.com.


Paul Abrams
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