Plumbers prepare for “Brown Friday”

SALT LAKE CITY – It’s not just retailers who are busy on Black Friday. Plumbers across the state are anticipating an increase in service calls after the Thanksgiving celebrations.

According to Jared Bytendorp, director of plumbing at Black Diamond Experts, this is because families typically cook more and invite a larger crowd to celebrate the holiday. This leads to an increase in inquiries from people seeking help cleaning their sinks and toilets.

“It puts additional strain on the sanitary system, especially the toilets,” said Bytendorp. “Same with the trash … so there are lots of drain clogs and toilet problems, usually on the day after Thanksgiving.”

Black Diamond Experts, a Salt Lake City-based home service company that provides plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical services, typically sees service calls up 25-30% on Black Friday, but calls go already for Thanksgiving itself. Because of the amount of calls, some people usually wait until Black Friday.

“It puts a strain on our system, we usually get most of it the day after,” said Bytendorp. “If they secure and last, then our priority is to get them first.”

Bytendorp offers some advice on what people can do to mitigate potential plumbing problems.

“Be careful what you pour down the drain,” Bytendorp said. “Make sure you don’t put things like grease and stuff that will support it there.”

Sometimes you can work out a blockage yourself before calling for professional help.

“I would start with the simple things,” said Bytendorp. “Remove the P-trap, see how far the drain is, submerge the toilet … use this type of remedy first, then call a professional.”

In the event that an attempt to clear the drain doesn’t work, you may be tempted to reach for chemical solutions to clear the clog. However, you should think twice before pouring such substances into a clogged drain.

“I generally don’t recommend chemicals to do that,” said Bytendorp. “Because if they haven’t cleared that up, we’ll have to come with our snakes and it usually splatters our technicians in the face.”

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