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‘Brown Friday’ keeps plumbers busy after Thanksgiving

SAN ANTONIO – Black Friday is a busy day for plumbers, too. Typically, plumbers obtain as much as 50% extra calls than they do on any given Friday.

It’s all due to the massive Thanksgiving meals and what individuals are pouring down the drain.

“Typically about 30% of our jobs are sewer and drain related. Today, it was over 80%,” Clay Saliba mentioned. Saliba is the overall supervisor for George Plumbing.

“It’s been pretty busy. We got about four calls on us today,” Dwayne Singleton mentioned. Singleton is an apprentice plumber at George Plumbing. “Drain line issues, basically clogged sewer lines, people flushing stuff down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed.”

While bogs are a giant downside throughout the vacation, the commonest problem, in keeping with plumbers, begins on the kitchen sink. People typically throw their Thanksgiving scraps down the drain.

“So, big things like potato peels and bones and stuff like that, you don’t necessarily want to put down the drain,” Saliba mentioned.

While some repairs are simple, others can shortly add up.

“In a typical unclogging of a main sewer line, (that can cost) $300 to $400,” Saliba mentioned.

To keep away from a ‘Brown Friday’ that might result in a hefty plumbing invoice, the important thing might be the water stream.

“Like the toilet or the disposal, the more water you can run down, you give it a good drink of water to flush it out, you know?” Saliba mentioned. “So, yes, running more water, flushing more times, theoretically, would help push the waste down better.”

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