Get ready for BROWN Friday! Plumbers say pipes will be clogged with Thanksgiving grease

Get ready for BROWN Friday Plumbers say pipes will be


Get ready for BROWN Friday! Plumbers say tomorrow is their busiest day of the year because of pipes clogged with Thanksgiving grease

  •  H. Jack’s Plumbing & Heating Co. plumber Jeremy McCoy says his Akron offices are flooded with calls regarding plumbing issues after Thanksgiving
  • McCoy advises people to scrape any leftover grease and food off of cookware into the trash or into a container before washing dishes
  • He says much of the problems arise from people hurling grease down garbage disposal pipes rather than wiping it off and throwing it in the trash 
  • Jennifer Elting with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District says remember the acronym ‘F.O.G.’ for fats, oils and grease for what not to let down the drain 
  • McCoy added that if food does happen to go down the drain, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or even ice can work even better than Drano










Plumbers are bracing themselves for their busiest day of the year – which they’ve nicknamed Brown Friday – where they’re called out to deal with gallons of greasy sludge clogging drains across the US. 

The issue is primarily caused by Americans tossing greasy and milky leftovers down their garbage disposal, instead of wiping it off and tossing it in the trash – although wet wipes are also a culprit. 

H. Jack’s Plumbing & Heating Co. plumber Jeremy McCoy has even dubbed the day ‘Brown Friday’ saying his Akron, Ohio, offices are flooded with calls regarding plumbing issues after residents celebrate Thanksgiving, News5cleveland.com reported. 

‘Everybody’s out shopping and we’re generally cleaning up messes for people,’ he said. ‘We’re one of the few companies to actually answer the phone all the time. So, we’ve had people tell us, you know, I’ve called 13 people and nobody’s answering.’

H. Jack's Plumbing & Heating Co. plumber Jeremy McCoy says his Akron offices are flooded with calls regarding plumbing issues after Thanksgiving

H. Jack’s Plumbing & Heating Co. plumber Jeremy McCoy says his Akron offices are flooded with calls regarding plumbing issues after Thanksgiving

'People think that their garbage disposals are garbage cans, and that's probably your biggest problem,' McCoy said

‘People think that their garbage disposals are garbage cans, and that’s probably your biggest problem,’ McCoy said

This Thanksgiving people are advised not to let fats, oils and grease down the drain to avoid clogging (pictured)

This Thanksgiving people are advised not to let fats, oils and grease down the drain to avoid clogging (pictured)

McCoy says the reason they’re so busy is because people make the simple mistake of not protecting their pipes.

‘People think that their garbage disposals are garbage cans, and that’s probably your biggest problem,’ he told News5cleveland.com. 

McCoy advises people to scrape any leftover grease and food off of cookware into the trash or into a container before washing dishes.   

‘The best thing you can do is when you finish dinner is to scrape your plates with the garbage and then whatever little pieces get washed in the sink or in your dishwasher, whatever, those are fine,’ McCoy explained. ‘There aren’t blades in your disposal. They just knock it around and make it smaller. So, people think it just eats it up, you know? That’s not how it works.

McCoy (pictured) advises people to scrape any leftover grease and food off of cookware into the trash or into a container before washing dishes

McCoy (pictured) advises people to scrape any leftover grease and food off of cookware into the trash or into a container before washing dishes

Ohio plumbers are bracing themselves for the day after Thanksgiving, a day they say is one of their busiest because people clog their pipes with grease after cooking for the holiday

Ohio plumbers are bracing themselves for the day after Thanksgiving, a day they say is one of their busiest because people clog their pipes with grease after cooking for the holiday

Jennifer Elting with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District says the acronym ‘F.O.G.’ might be helpful for some to remember what not to let down the drain. 

‘It stands for fats, oils and grease and anything like salad dressing, cheese, milk, butter, obviously cooking oil. You do not want to run that down your drain. She said. ‘They especially love to bind with flushable wipes.’ 

McCoy warned against ever flushing flushable wipes and said it is much easier to just throw them in the garbage.     

‘You should never, ever flush a flushable wipe. Just throw out a garbage can,’ he said. 

McCoy added that if food does happen to go down the drain, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or even ice can work even better than the leading drain clog remover Drano, which most people mistakenly believe is the magic answer. 

‘People love to put Drano on everything. Please, please don’t. Someone is going to have to come and snake that open…Drano does not work. If, Drano worked, none of us would snake drains. So, you know, that’s a big part of our business,’ McCoy said. ‘Plus, if you have older pipes, it will eat away at those over time, and that’s not a good thing.’



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