As the nights draw in and we get ready to set the clocks back, Drain Doctor Plumbing team would like to warn householders about a scary problem that can affect the UK’s sinks and drains at this time of year.
Halloween, ‘trick or treat‘ and pumpkin lanterns are becoming increasingly popular in the UK at the end of October.
Along with the pumpkin carving comes the problem of what to do with the sticky waste from inside the vegetables. When pumpkin pulp goes down the kitchen sink drain, the orange flesh hardens and sticks to the pipes, leading to clogged drains.
The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from turning Halloween into a plumbing nightmare is as easy as pie. Instead of carving your jack-o’-lantern over the kitchen sink, try doing it on a pile of newspaper on the counter or kitchen table. You need to be careful when removing and disposing of the pumpkin’s sticky insides.
Keep the paper well away from the sink. Carefully wrap the pulp and then either bin it or – better still – put it in the compost heap. And instead of throwing away the seeds, Halloween revellers can plant some for next year’s crop of Halloween pumpkins. The seeds can also be roasted for a tasty and nutritious seasonal snack.
Drain Doctor is available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Its services include all plumbing and drainage repairs, CCTV drain surveys, drain lining and replacement. Customers get fixed-price, no obligation quotes, a complete guarantee on all work, and a full 24 hour per day seven day per week service with no call out charges – so people pay the same price for work at any time of day or night, with no scary Halloween bills!
If you experience a blockage call Drain Doctor on 0800 3357 999
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