Prevent clogs from pumpkin guts this Halloween!

Save Your Sewer From Halloween Horror: How To Prevent Clogs

A good Halloween scare is usually fun, but it’s not fun to have a Halloween scare in your sewer system. There are a few Halloween activities that can make a mess of your drains, causing severe clogs and back up.  It’s best to keep your plumbing in mind this Halloween in order to prevent clogs and keep away a nasty mess that requires costly repairs.    

Pumpkin Pulp Will Clog Your Drain

Most people carve their pumpkins and throw the pulp down a drain.  They also tend to wash their pulpy hands letting the pulp fall down the sink drain.  The people who do these things will damage their plumbing. Not only is sticky pulp thick enough to cause a clog, but once the pulp hardens, it can cause a multitude of other issues, like ruining garbage disposal blades and giving off a foul odor. Be sure you and your children prevent messy clogs by throwing out all pumpkin guts into the trash. Be especially aware of any pulp that sticks to your hands while hand washing.  

When carving your pumpkin, place a thick bed of newspaper underneath your pumpkin and then wrap any of the guts in the newspaper, throwing it in the trash when it is time for cleanup.  Never, ever put seeds or pulp in the sink drain, garbage disposal, or toilet. By throwing pumpkin guts into the garbage, you will avoid the risk of clogging your drain.  We recommend taking the pumpkin seeds and roasting them with a bit of cinnamon and sugar. It’s delicious!  

Cleaning Up Candy-Wrappers and Make-Up

The next risk is candy wrappers.  Often, candy wrappers accidentally find their way down the drain, causing a clog.  Make a pile of these wrappers in order to track them and throw all of them into the trash.  Additionally, remind your children to throw away their wrappers in the trash when they’re done eating their candy and not down the drain.  

Finally, a lot of costume make-up is made using grease, which is terrible for drains.  Grease, as you know, hardens and turns into a sludge-like material that slows drainage.  When cleaning any costume make-up, use a disposable wipe and throw this wipe into the trash rather than washing the make-up off in the sink. This simple clean-up method will prevent clogs and keep your sewer system healthy. 

Regularly Prevent Clogs With These Tips

You can also prevent clogs and slow drainage by implementing a few strategies on a regular basis.  

  1. Firstly, always throw grease in the trash – make sure to save your cooking grease in a container and then throw the container in the trash.  Again, grease hardens, turning into sludge that clogs drains.
  2. Don’t throw any solids like coffee grounds into the sink or garbage disposal.  This will also stuff up drains, causing a clog.  
  3. Run hot water in your sink after cleaning your dishes.  Hot water keeps oils in the food running down and through the drain instead of building up on the interior surface of your pipes.  
  4. Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water – Baking soda is great for cleaning a drain and has the added benefit of eliminating foul odors.  
  5. Pour one cup of vinegar down the drain, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then wash it out with hot water – This is another great way to clean your drain regularly.

The most important thing you can do to avoid clogs is to not allow your pipes to build up with oils, grease, and solids. This will not only cause back up and clogs but also fill up your septic tank or cesspool.  

If you need your cesspool pumped or a pipe inspection, call the experts at All County Sewer & Drain and we will help keep your sewer system in working order!

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