Pumpkins Halloween and Your Drains

Halloween is coming up! Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Whether your jack-o-lantern is already on your porch or if you still have to pick out your pumpkin, your neighbourhood plumber has some advice for you: Do not put pumpkin seeds or pulp down the sink!

The pumpkin innards or “guts” are slimy, gooey fibres that can cause damage to your garbage disposal and sink drains. In your sink, the fibres from the pumpkin can dry and harden causing a clog in your drain or an unpleasant odour. Additionally, damage can also be caused to your garbage disposal if the fibres become wrapped around the blades. Seeds can also contribute to a drain clog or cause damage to your disposal blades.

As an alternative to throwing the seeds in the trash or down the drain, you can cook them for a tasty snack and after Halloween, those old pumpkins can be used in your garden.

Our expert plumbers always warn homeowners of what you should NOT put down your disposal, so we’ve combined a list to share with our customers.

  1. Grease, Fats, Oil If you’ve ever let bacon grease sit for a period of time, you know what it does: solidifies! Imagine pouring any grease or oil down your drain. The same reaction will happen, and it will begin to clog your drains over time. It’s always a good idea to avoid pouring grease, fats, oil down your drain.
  2. Egg Shells Believe it or not, this is harmful to your garbage disposal. The shell’s stringy membrane can wrap around the disposal itself and will eventually begin to clog your pipes. If you’re planning on making egg salad this weekend, toss the egg shells in the trash!
  3. Pasta, Rice, Potatoes Foods with a lot of starch in them can begin to clog your pipes over a period of time. If you’re making potato salad this weekend, peel those potatoes in a strainer instead of throwing the skin down the disposal.
  4. Bones Steer clear from dropping turkey bones or chicken wings down your garbage disposal for obvious reasons.
  5. Stringy, Fibrous Foods Never put veggies like celery, onion peels, lettuce, corn husks, asparagus etc. down your garbage disposal. These items can get wrapped around the blades and could break the disposal.
  6. Pits or Seeds Many fruits have pits…peaches, cherries, avocados! Do not throw these down your drain, it can clog your drains over time.

If you need a Plumber to fix any drain issues you can count on our reliable team at Pulis Professional Plumbing.

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