Tricks To Avoid Plumbing Mayhem This Halloween
Halloween is a time for fun, costumes, candy, and many other things. But, Halloween fun can affect your plumbing if you are not careful. The good news? A plumbing professional from Harwich Port Heating and Cooling is a phone call away. Be careful to avoid plumbing mayhem this Halloween. Below, we list some tips to protect your plumbing this Halloween.
Don't Put Pumpkin Pulp Down Your Drains
A common Halloween plumbing problem is drains clogged with pumpkin pulp. The problem is that pumpkin pulp is stringy, sticky, wet, and gooey. Pumpkin parts also contain seeds. This can harden as it goes down drains and can cause clogs and backups. Avoid plumbing issues with pumpkin guts by:
- Not putting pumpkin pulp down any drains – even disposal drains
- Placing all pumpkin guts in a large bowl
- Disposing of them in the trash or compost pile
- Washing any utensils used for cleaning out pumpkins so residue doesn't get into drains
If pumpkin pulp goes down your drains, don't rely on over-the-counter plumbing products. These include liquid drain cleaners. Pumpkin pulp doesn't break down like other organic items. Call a plumbing professional instead. This is especially true if one of your drains becomes clogged from pumpkin parts.
Be Careful with Halloween Makeup
Excess makeup can also wreak havoc on drains and other parts of your plumbing system. Avoid putting any makeup you use down household drains. This includes washing it down the sink or flushing it down the toilets. If possible, put any leftover face paint or other types of makeup in a Ziploc bag to save it for next year. With Halloween makeup, throw cotton balls and sponges used for makeup in the trash. Don't put washcloths or clothing with oil-based products in the washing machine. Put these items in a bucket of warm water and mild detergent before washing them.
Discard Candy Wrappers or Unwanted Candy
Kids love digging into their Halloween candy. Candy wrappers can be a problem if flushed down a toilet or put down drains. This is also true with unwanted candy or candy that is not eaten completely. Put trash cans in areas where your kids sort through and eat their candy. This encourages proper disposal of wrappers and unwanted candy.
Call Us Today
If you notice issues here and there with your plumbing, reach out to Harwich Port Heating and Cooling. We'll check things out and fix any plumbing issues you may have. We want you to have a safe, fun, and worry-free Halloween season. We're also at your service if you need any post-Halloween plumbing attention. Contact a plumbing professional from our team today for any help you may need.