Plumbers describe the dark side of Thanksgiving; They call it ‘Brown Friday’

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DENVER – While most people are celebrating Thanksgiving and Black Friday, there is another lesser-known holiday happening this weekend called “Brown Friday.”

If you have never heard of Brown Friday, consider yourself lucky. It is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

Roto Rooter says it gets about 50 percent more calls over the Thanksgiving weekend compared to the rest of the year. Sinks and toilets get clogged because they can’t handle the extra food and guests. Plumbers have nicknamed the Friday after Thanksgiving “Brown Friday.”

“Whenever they use the toilets, shower, anything, everything is backing up into the drain,” explained Roto Rooter plumber Deepak. “Everything is flooding and it becomes like a swimming pool. That’s the worst thing. All poo poo, all toilet paper, all food, everything.”

“No one can flush the toilet. No one can use the shower,” said Sam Hanson, a Denver homeowner whose sewer backed up on Thanksgiving morning.

The backup put the Hanson’s Thanksgiving dinner plans on hold. They said they had to strain potatoes in the backyard and shower at a hotel.

“These things you never think are going to happen on a holiday but they do,” Sam’s husband Neil told FOX31.

Deepak cleared their blockage around 4 p.m. Thursday. The Hanson’s said despite the setback, it was their favorite Thanksgiving so far.

“Thank goodness for Deepak. He’s out here saving Thanksgiving,” Neil Hanson said. “I guess if you’re Roto Rooter every Friday is Brown Friday.”

If you want to skip the unsightly holiday, experts suggest putting all food scraps in the trash instead of the garbage disposal. You can also get your pipes cleaned annually. It is best to schedule an appointment ahead of the holidays.

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