Plumbers work overtime on Thanksgiving to come to the rescue

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DENVER -- Plumbers have their work cut out for them through the holiday weekend, the most busy time of year for clogged sinks.

According to Roto Rooter, their staff sees a 50% increase in business on Black Friday, or as they call it "Brown Friday."

Clogged drains are almost always attributed to cooking. After years of food builds up in pipes, the heavy Thanksgiving cooking day can plug drains completely.

Plumber Brad Boyd can tackle five drains or more in a day.

"It's just when people really go big, said Boyd. "They usually maybe have company over. [It's] lots of people using the sink, lots of people with different habits on how to use stuff. It's always related to cooking the meal."

Shelby Pezel was one such victim. Though, her drain may have been overdue after 30 years without having her lines cleaned.

"Last night I was cleaning out the refrigerator, and I had some old arugula that I put it down the disposal. That must've been the last thing because then it started backing up," said Pezel.

After about 45 minutes, Pezel's drain was clear.

Roto Rooter offers some tips during the holidays:

  • Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down the drain. They will 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 food waste into the trash can or compost pile.
  • Make sure the disposal is running when you feed it food scraps.