Plumbers Call the Day After Thanksgiving ‘Brown Friday’



In retail, what is known as Black Friday is known as Brown Friday to your local plumber.

That’s because the day after Thanksgiving tends to be one of the busiest times for home calls.

“Everybody’s out shopping, and we’re, you know, generally cleaning up people’s homes,” said plumber Jeremy McCoy.

McCoy, who works for a plumbing and heating company, says that every Black Friday, or Brown Friday as they call it, the phone rings again.

His team works overtime, fixing constant plumbing nightmares, which he says are almost always preventable.

It starts with protecting your pipes.

“People think their trash is trash, and that’s probably your biggest problem,” he explains.

McCoy says to scrape excess grease off any cookware and toss it in the trash or empty.

But as a precaution, he says mixing baking soda, vinegar, and even ice can also help clear the drain.

Solutions like Drano may not be the best.

“If you have old pipes, it will corrode those over time, and that’s not a good thing.”

There’s an acronym to remember called “FOG.”

It stands for fat, oil and grease. Anything like salad dressing, cheese, milk, butter and cooking oil should not be allowed to go down the drain. Experts say it binds to washable wipes, which is the ultimate tip.

“You should never flush a washable rag, just throw it in the trash. McCoy says it’s easier to wrap a trash bag and take it outside than calling us.

If you’re celebrating this holiday and your guests suggest cleaning, ask them to take out the trash instead of taking out the trash.

Most plumbers will be open for emergencies, but many charge extra to work during the holidays. Plumbers Call the Day After Thanksgiving ‘Brown Friday’

Aila Slisco

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