Black Friday: A plumber's busiest day of the year

Brown Friday, a big hit for plumbers

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Retailers are not the only ones cashing in on Black Friday plumbers are too it’s their busiest day of the year. That big Thanksgiving meal can turn into a big back up in your sink and toilets.

A backed up sink can drain the fun out of your holiday meal. YouTube offers lots of DIY solutions. Sometimes you have no choice but to call the experts.

“Hi! How are u doing?” Jorge Velazquez with Bradenton Plumbing is checking out the leak in a homeowner’s kitchen sink. The owners think it’s the garbage disposal.

Velazquez tells the homeowner, “It’s not your disposal at all, it’s your kitchen faucet.”

Caused by wear and tear but on a day like today, Velazquez says many problems are caused by misuse made worse on Thanksgiving Day.

What happens when homeowners think the garbage disposal is like a trash can and dump everything in there? He says, “Unfortunately it jams up and you have to have a plumber come out.”

Some foods belong in the trash can.

“Chicken bones. Rice we see that plenty of times,” says Velazquez.

A good maintenance tip to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly is right in your freezer. Plumbers say make it a habit of running ice through your garbage disposal it will help flush out all the buildup.”

Some common homeowner mistakes are easy to fix.

“They don’t run enough water through them to push all the junk, garbage you put in it to go through the pipes,” says Velazquez.

Another mistake is not running the disposal long enough.

Velazquez says, “At least 20 to 30 seconds run with water.”

A little preventive care can save homeowners how much an hour? “$165-$250 an hour!” says Velazquez.

Money left in your pocket this holiday season. Other anti-clogging tips:

  • Don’t pour fats or cooling oils down drains                   
  • To solidify grease—use cold not hot water—oil will harden and flush out easier.
  • Avoid throwing in stringy or fibrous or starch wasted like poultry skins, celery, fruit and potato peels.
  • Use it regularly—don’t wait for it to be full.
  • To solidify grease—use cold not hot water—oil will harden and flush out easier.

Tips for toilets:

  • Don’t flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads or wipes—they don’t dissolve.

(© 2017 WTSP)


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