Plumbers warn Thanksgiving cooking can lead to ‘Brown Friday’ clogs

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It was a pleasant Thanksgiving for the Lange family until a post meal problem popped up in their plumbing.

“My wife was putting things away and using the garbage disposal and the sink backed up,” David Lange said. “My son and I tried to unclog it, but kind of gave up and then we called Roto-Rooter.”

As some St. Louisans set out on the busiest shopping day of the year, plumbers have been preparing for their busiest day, known to some as ‘Brown Friday.’

“Because the water coming out of the kitchen sink line is usually a murky color and because what you saw on the cable,” says Ariel Ruff, a Roto-Rooter Plumber. “That is sludge.”

Most sludge that’s settled in your pipes needs to be cabled. On Friday morning, Ruff was getting to the root of the problem. This time of year can be a perfect storm for plumbers with kitchen sinks, garbage disposals, and toilets clogged up.

“You see people put a lot of potato peels down the line and things as they are cooking, like eggshells,” she said.

Besides your guests taking extra showers and flushing the toilet more frequently, things like potato peels, poultry skins, rice, and oily drippings can clog your drain and cause headaches.

“The more company you have, and especially with your kitchen sinks, they are not as careful with your kitchen sink as they might be with their own house,” Ruff said.

If in doubt, throw it out in the trash instead of the kitchen sink.

“It’s really meant for minimal usage and it’s really meant for all the scraps off your plate after you’ve already emptied them in the trashcan,” Ruff said.

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