Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Pumpkin Innards Plugging Up Home Drains

CINCINNATI (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Halloween can be horrifying for homeowners who carve jack-o-lanterns and then shove the pumpkin innards down the garbage disposal.

That’s why the Roto-Rooter drain clearing service expects to see an increase in calls over the two-week period leading up to Halloween from pumpkin-heads who try to flush the slimy guts down their sinks.

Bad idea, says Roto-Rooter spokesman Paul Abrams, because when the mush dries it hardens into a lump similar to fiberglass resin.

That’s when the rooters have to insert a cable with special cutting blades on it to spin and hack away at the pumpkin gunk.

It’s not just the sink that suffers either. Abrams says one general manager told him at least one family in the past tried to flush the pulp down the toilet – with bad results.

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