October is here and that can only mean one thing... Halloween 🎃. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays as it involves creativity, imagination, family, and friends. Though this year's halloween may be a little different due to the pandemic, it does not mean that we can't still have some fun while social distancing at home.
One of the things we can do, besides dressing up and hosting a Zoom Halloween costumes contest with local friends and those from around the world, we can also get dirty and carve some pumpkins! Now, I don't know about you, but the first pumpkin I carved wasn't long ago. I was already in my 30s when I decided to go for it. The process is unique and due to the concentration it takes to clean and carve the pumpkin, it can also be therapeutic. All in all, I had a great time doing it, shared laughs with friends and took a picture with my masterpiece afterwards.
Something I learned that day, which I'd like to share with you today, is how to properly dispose of pumpkin brains. This is so important as I later learned that clog sinks and toilets increase during Halloween because many dispose of pumpkin brains in the kitchen sink and toilets (I wouldn't have imagined toilets, but it happens - take our word for it). Even if you have a garbage disposal, the chances of you clogging your sink are high, so make sure to either roast them or dispose of them in the trash.
My recommendation, separate the fibrous strands (aka pumpkin brains) from the seeds and dispose of the strands in the trash. Once you've done this, lay the pumpkin seeds on a cooking sheet and put them in the oven... That's certainly the short version of the recipe. We'll leave the recipe to the experts. Check out how to bake your pumpkin seeds, here.
"Pumpkin brains can get caught as you flush them and cause a sewer backup. Damage like clogged pipes and broken garbage disposals are disastrous when the entire city of Dallas decides to dump pumpkin guts down the drain."
Now that you know how to prevent a Halloween clog, make sure to tell your friends and family. Prevent clogged drains and toilets this Halloween by dumping the pumpkin brains in the trash. While your Jack O’ Lantern may be spooky, it’ll never be as scary as the damage the pumpkin’s strands and seeds can do to your drains.
If you’re in Dallas and find yourself face-to-face with this problem, please call us at: 214-328-7371. One of our certified plumbing technicians is ready to assist you 24/7.