Black Friday Busy for Shoppers -- And Plumbers

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 29, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - While many workers were on the clock today dealing with Black Friday shoppers, other workers were busy making house calls.

James Laird, a plumber with White's Plumbing in Tallahassee, says, "I've never met anybody yet that wasn't glad to see me when they call me."

There are a lot of people calling. Plumbers say the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for them.

They say it's because pipes are often overloaded because of more family in town for the holiday doing a lot more cooking and laundry.

Laird says, "A lot of old drain systems just won't take the extra pressure on than there normally would be, say for a family of three or four, you get a house full of company, and you've got some grease issues, some food scrap issues."

Laird says grease clogs are the main culprits. He says, "Grease should never be introduced to a kitchen sink line, regardless of what you may have grew up believing."

Experts say the best way to dispose of used cooking grease is to put it in a tin can or some other container. Make sure to put the lid on, and put the entire container in with your regular trash. They say after pouring the grease out, use paper towels to wipe residual grease off of dishes, pots and pans before washing them.

Grease coagulates. If you pour hot grease down the drain, it chills and cools off when it goes down the drain and it turns back to solid. So, it's going to make a drain a little bit slower." Says, Laird.

Laird says if you don't take his word for it, "Put the grease in there, you'll see me again."

Plumbers say do not overload your garbage disposals, instead to try to throw most of your food scraps in the trash.

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