Cue up the mawkish holiday music.
Most people think of Thanksgiving as a time to give thanks, to spend with family, and to gorge on food. Roto Rooter is especially thankful for Thanksgiving because the holiday gives the company lots of business. According to the Claton Advertiser, "[i]ncoming calls to Roto-Rooter the day after Thanksgiving will jump 47-percent over an average Friday. The four-day Thanksgiving weekend represents a 21-percent increase above any other Thursday through Sunday period of the year. Added revenue will approach a half-million dollars just for Friday. Only the day after Christmas comes close in terms of overall calls for service."
I watch Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi. The show is a guilty pleasure. The season ended a couple of weeks ago. The two founders of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) work at Roto Rooter when they aren't busting ghosts. I suspect they had to end the show for the season when they did because they're going to be busy busting drains from now until Christmas. After plumbing season dies down, I'm sure the show will start up again.
The Concord Journal had an amusing story. Don MacDonald, founding owner of A Rooter-Man, said that plumbers occasionally find strange things packing the pipes. "You'd expect it to be turkey, but it was actually lobster," Papalia said. "This woman put three or four lobster shells down the disposal and they exploded in the pipe. And you know, that seafood doesn't smell so good."
In case anyone needs reminding, these are the kinds of things plumbers recommend you not shove down your garbage disposal:
* Fats or cooking oils
* Poultry skins
* Coffee grounds
* Fruit or potato peels
* Don't flush cotton balls, swabs, hair, or facial scrub down the toilet. Also don't flush underwear down the toilet (keep reading if you just went "whaaaa?").
Plumbing problems aren't confined to 2005. Thanksgiving would not be complete without tales such as these:
Thanksgiving - The Most Plumber-ful Time of Year (2003). Imagine the huge clog that results from shoving 20 people's leftovers into the sink disposal. Plumbers will be busy today, removing banana peels, leftover potatoes, orange rinds, turkey bones, coffee grounds (they plump when you insinkerate 'em), and all sorts of disgusting sludge from people's sinks.
What doesn't make it to the sink ends up clogging the toilet. One plumber interviewed remembered when a kid flushed his dad's Tommy Hilfiger briefs. I bet if the family owned a toilet Dave Barry likes (one that can flush a sheep), it would not have clogged.
"One November Thursday, the Redondo Beach, Calif., plumber arrived at a home where the man had bet his wife $100 that the culprit of their clogged sink was not potato peels. When the drain-clearing snake revealed that it was, indeed, potato peels, the man paid Mr. Gutierrez $100 not to tell his wife."