November 4, 2016
October in Edmonton is filled with festive events that bring family and friends together. Planning costumes, decorating the house and making favorite treats are all a part of the fun. But all that celebrating can also come at a price. A few of our most beloved Halloween traditions can wreak havoc on a home’s plumbing system. Scary? Maybe. However, Always is here to help take the fear out of the season.
The number one problem that plumbing technicians encounter every October is pumpkin pulp clogging garbage disposals. But the clogs aren’t limited to disposals; sink drains and toilets are often used to dispose of pulp as well. Pumpkin pulp is a wet, sticky, stringy substance containing seeds that can harden quickly. When the pulp hardens, it turns into a gummy resin that can easily clog pipes. Once it has clogged a drain, it is difficult to remove without help from a professional.
Another, though less prevalent, problem during the season is directly related to trick-or-treating: makeup and face paint. Cotton, cotton swabs, sponges and other makeup related accessories also clog drains – and toilets. Children (and adults) using makeup for their Halloween costumes will often flush these very absorbent materials; wreaking havoc on the sewer line. In addition to the absorbent material causing problems, some face paint is oil-based and can accelerate the stoppage.
Avoid scary plumbing issues this year by reading our tips for a clog-free Halloween.
Always hopes that our Edmonton neighbors enjoy a festive, clog-free Halloween. But if something does happen to your plumbing this season, remember that we are available 24/7 for service and repairs. Call us at 780-489-8118, even in the witching hour, to schedule an appointment.