The days following Thanksgiving are the busiest days for any plumbing company regardless of location—in fact, the day after Thanksgiving is typically their busiest day of the year.
According to Ana Cosovic, of Service Pros Plumbers in Antioch, the day after Thanksgiving for retail merchants is called “Black Friday”, however, in the plumbing world they call it “Brown Friday”.
“After Thanksgiving, people have a ton of guests and lots of food going down the drain and the systems cant handle it. It becomes brown and very dirty. It’s the main reason for all the calls the day after the holiday, “said explained Cosovic. “We are working with brown, dirty water, everything backs up and it gets dirty. With all the food people consume, there is a lot of poop so it gets flooded hence why its called brown Friday.”
Service Pros Plumbers has been around for 5-years and service homes in East Contra Costa County say they do not charge additional for calls around the Holiday because they believe its just like any other day of the year. When they are needed, they will respond and have a team ready to go for Friday.
The number one reason for the calls are related to sink drains , garbage disposals, and toilets as people often miss use these components.
To avoid a visit from the plumber over Thanksgiving weekend please follow the rules”
- Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down drains. Food belongs in the garbage can, not down the disposal.
- 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.
- If you must use the garbage disposal make sure the disposal is running when you feed it food scraps.
- Don’t flush wet wipes down toilets. They won’t dissolve and will cause clogs. Don’t place anything other than toilet paper in the toilet
- Place a plunger in guest bathrooms to save your guests the embarrassment of asking for one.
Finally, it doesn’t hurt to address potential plumbing problems ahead of the holiday before guests arrive. If you need assistance, contact them at (925) 753-5600.