'Brown Friday' is plumbers' busiest day of the year

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BURTON (WJRT) - (11/20/2018) - Many retailers are preparing for Black Friday, the most hectic shopping day of the year.

But Black Friday is also the busiest day of the year for another profession: plumbers. In fact, many plumbers call it, Brown Friday but it's not the reason you may think.

Contrary to what people may think, the issue does not stem from the bathroom, but rather the kitchen.

With those large holiday meals being made, many items find their way going down drains and disposals that should not be.

"We've retrieved turkey bones, you know big ones too, not something you'd expect to get down there. And grease is one of the big things, because it sticks to everything," said Mike Anson, who is the residential service manager with Goyette Service in Burton.

Anson said a garbage disposal should not be treated like a garbage can. It may seem OK to wash bits of turkey, leftover potato skins or oily drippings down the drain but the buildup will cause a clog.

Plumbers advise people to throw all solids and oils away, and never to use the toilet to dispose of scraps that don't fit down the sink. Grease and oils should never be rinsed down a drain regardless of the temperature of the water.

Plus there is an even easier way to avoid having to make that call Friday morning to your local plumber to have them come out and fix your clogged drains.

"The easiest way to stop your drains from getting clogged is to use a strainer in your sinks,” said Anson. “That way when all your guests are doing the polite thing and rinsing their plates afterwards, that strainer will catch everything and then you can remove it and dump it in the garbage as opposed to just letting all that stuff go down your drains."



 
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