Plumbers kept busy by Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013
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Mike Sjostrom, a plumber with Mr. Rooter, spent his Thanksgiving day on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 waiting for a phone call from people with pluming problems. It wasn't long before he got an early morning call. Jan Keder's toilet had backed up in her home. The culprit was a backed up septic tank. Gazette, Bryan Oller

Thanksgiving is a time when many sit down to decadent meals, but it's also the busiest time of the year for plumbers.

John Nagel, manager of Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services, said the main issues plumbers tend to on Thanksgiving are related to the kitchen sinks, main sewer lines and garbage disposals.

"The second we get done with one call, we'll be on our way to the next," said Nagel.

Vegetables, turkey skins, gravies and sauces are some of the items that cause fats, oils and grease to build up along the walls of pipes.  On a night when more food than usual is getting flushed down the drain, problems can erupt.

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