Pumpkins and Plumbing Don't Mix

Every Halloween season, plumbers across the country get the call to repair garbage disposers and kitchen sink drains clogged with sticky pumpkin pulp and seeds. The goopy by-product of jack-o-lantern enthusiasts is, unfortunately, ideal for clogging household drains.  The pulp dries and hardens inside pipes and disposers causing all sorts of problems.  Never put pumpkin guts down the kitchen sink or worse, attempt to flush them down your toilet!  To guard against Halloween drain disasters, follow these tips:

  • Never put pumpkin pulp or seeds down the toilet, sink drain or in the garbage disposer. The stringy, sticky gunk hardens and clogs drains and disposers.
  • Carve pumpkins on a thick bed of newspaper. Wrap up pumpkin-related materials and throw away in the garbage can or compost pile.
  • Separate the seeds, then roast for a tasty treat. (See the recipe below.)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
(Source: www.allrecipes.com)
  1. Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings. This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried.
  2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with salt (or try cayenne pepper or garlic salt) and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until toasted, about 25 minutes. Check and stir after 10 minutes.
  4. Let cool and store in an air-tight container.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


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