Plumbers say grease, leftovers and peels that go along with cooking large family meals can stop-up drains, damage disposals and overwork hot water heaters.
Service calls increase on Thanksgiving Day and spike on Black Friday, with business increasing 50 percent over the holiday period from a typical week, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Roto-Rooter Plumbers reported.
As of Friday afternoon, Jameila Jones, customer service manager of Universal Plumbing in Augusta, said her staff had already fixed a handful of clogged kitchen drains and that more calls were expected Monday, when households are cleared out and residents begin to report main lines and water heaters that are blocked or broken.
“Try not to think your garbage disposal can eat everything,” Jones said, adding most calls deal with pipes coated with cooking oil or loaded with rice and vegetables. “We recommend a courtesy scrape of your plate in the trash first.”
Roto-Rooter owner David Byrd said Black Friday has become known in the plumbing world as the industry’s single busiest day and that his company plans accordingly, keeping all hands on deck to respond to calls.
“Many homes with moderately clogged drains go unnoticed over time, so when the weekend arrives, the extra kitchen preparations and cleanup, as well as extra guests can overwhelm a plumbing system,” Byrd said in a press release.
As always, Byrd warned resident to know their limits and stay calm in the event of an emergency. He said minor plumbing problems can often turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.
“It’s just part of life that no one is immune to,” Byrd said of plumbing stoppages.