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Avoid A Plumbing Nightmare This Halloween

The spooky season is upon us. We are counting down the days until Halloween! And while engaging in the festivities, it is important to be ever mindful of your plumbing. Holiday get togethers and special occasions can often put excess pressure on your plumbing. Which is why a lot of plumbing emergencies occur around the holidays. Most of the time a plumbing nightmare can be avoided by taking the proper precautions. Here are some tips to help you avoid a plumbing nightmare this Halloween. 


Put That Pumpkin Pulp In The Trash!

We talk a lot about what you should and shouldn’t put down the drain. We feel like pumpkin pulp should be a no brainer, however we still feel it is important to mention. Anytime you put fibrous food particles down the drain you run the risk of  a clog. Pumpkin pulp is no different. The problem with putting things like pumpkin pulp and seeds down the drain is that it can form a sticky clog in your pipes. This can collect other debris as well, making for a huge plumbing nightmare. In addition, if allowed to dry, it can also wreak havoc on your garbage disposal. So, if you plan on carving pumpkins be sure to dispose of all of the pulp and seeds in the trash. And if you have little ones, be sure to educate them on how to properly dispose of it. You should also be mindful of any pulp residing on your hands when you go to wash your hands.

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Make Sure Candy Wrappers Make It In the Trash

Candy wrappers can also prove to be a nuisance on Halloween. Not only do they tend to litter the street after Halloween trick or treating, but they can also end up flushed down the toilet. We get it you may want to hide the evidence however, flushing candy wrappers down the toilet is a big no no, and could come back to haunt you! Your plumbing pipes aren’t designed to remove trash, so when trash gets flushed down the toilet, it can actually get stuck forming a clog. It may happen instantaneously, or it could build up over time. Trust us, you don’t want to wait and  find out, your best bet is to dispose of all trash, including candy wrappers in the trash can.


Use Makeup Remover Wipes To Remove Makeup

Dressing up for Halloween can be a lot of fun, and many people get really creative. If your costume involves a lot of makeup, you may want to be extra mindful of your plumbing when removing it. Costume makeup is heavy and greasy, and grease is one of your plumbing’s worst enemies. Over time grease can collect and build up in your plumbing. It can mix with other debris like hair and soap scum and form nasty clogs. But it doesn’t always just stop with your plumbing. No, sometimes grease, oils, and fats can make it to the sewer where it can mix with other grease, oils, fats, and debris forming a nightmarish clog called a fatberg. These fatbergs can terrorize entire neighborhoods. The largest fatberg was found in London and weighed a whopping 130 tons! Now that’s a plumbing nightmare that could keep you up at night! The best way to prevent grease clogs is to make sure no grease makes it down your drain. So when it comes to removing your Halloween makeup, use a makeup remover wipe and be sure to dispose of it in the trash can, as wipes should also never go down the down or get flushed. 


Communicate With Your Guests

If you are entertaining this Halloween, be sure to communicate with your guests about proper plumbing etiquette. Watch what goes down the drain. If you have a guest bathroom that doesn’t get used all that much, you may want to run some water to ensure that there is water in the trap. And if you run into a problem, who are you gonna call? Lesco Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween! 


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