Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an age-old Halloween tradition. However, it can turn into a plumbing nightmare if the pulp and seeds go down the garbage disposal.
With the usual increase in clogged kitchen sink drains and jammed garbage disposals plumbers see this time of year.
Plumbers are busy during Halloween because people don’t realize the pumpkin’s stringy, slimy substance hardens and sticks to the pipes.
The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is being cautious when removing and disposing of the pumpkin’s remains.
- Carve pumpkins on a newspaper away from the kitchen sink
- Do not put pulp and seeds into the garbage disposal or toilet
- Throw all pumpkin-related waste and newspaper in the garbage
- For those who recycle, put the remnants in a compost pile.