Day after Thanksgiving busiest day of year for plumbers

To avoid a plumbing disaster this holiday season, Roto-Rooter offered several tips. (WJAR)

The day after Thanksgiving is a plumber's busiest day of the year.

While shoppers and retailers call it Black Friday, many plumbers refer to it as "Brown Friday," as they deal with sewage and dirty sink water.

According to National plumbing company, Roto-Rooter, holiday meal preparation and after-dinner cleanup create "the perfect storm" for plumbers who stay extra busy unclogging kitchen sinks, disposals and toilets.

"Over the weekend, there's a 20 percent increase in calls. On Friday, there's a 50 percent increase in calls," said Chris Miller of Roto-Rooter.

Miller offered some advice to make sure your holiday goes smoothly.

"The biggest thing you have to be careful about is putting things down the drain. You don't want to put any type of skin, grease, gravy, oil, dressings," he said.

As for the bathroom, Miller said, "Instead of hand towels, people will use paper towels and wipes. And these are the major culprit."

Here is a quick list of tips to follow to avoid a plumbing disaster:

Don't pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes and choke drains.

Never put stringy, fibrous or starchy waste down the garbage disposal. Disposals can handle most scraps in small quantities but it's best to toss most food waste into the trash can or compost pile.

Make sure the disposal is running when you feed it food scraps.

Don't flush cotton balls or wet wipes down toilets. They don't dissolve and will cause clogs.

Place a waste basket in the bathroom so your guests won't flush these items.

Learn more here.

Roto-Rooter noted that they will be appropriately staffed on Thanksgiving and fully-staffed on Friday to deal with extra service calls.

Click here to learn more.

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