Turkey Day Clogs

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Thanksgiving is supposed to be fun and not a time of dealing with clogged drains.  But this is one of the busiest times of the year for plumbers.

"There are usually high calls, a lot of calls for clogged drains, the kitchen sink or the main line," Todd Huddleston with Roto-Rooter said.

Over in Calhoun County the sheriff's department is again frying a lot of turkeys. They depend on a lot of grease but the deputies know not to throw it down the drain.

"We will call someone to come out and pick it up. There are waste oil companies that can do that. It so happens my brother-in-law owns one," Chief Deputy Mathew Wade said.

But for those who do not properly dispose of grease and other items used to cook turkeys, there are some serious and potentially expensive problems.

"Avoid putting paper towels, things of that nature down in the disposals. Food disposals get a lot of over-use," Huddleston said.

Erum Jadoom Khamash, a Vestavia Hills homeowner, says she was unaware of some of the pitfalls.

"I had no idea until some problem came up in my house. I took it for granted," Khamash said.

Huddleston says homeowners could attempt to clean out some clogs but it's better to call a professional. Khamash says the last thing she needs are clogged drains for Thanksgiving.

"We are expecting a lot of guests for Thanksgiving and I don't want my drains clogged," Khamash said. Following a few simple tips you can have a happy Thanksgiving and you can save a lot of bucks. We are talking about a lot of bucks getting your front lawn torn up to get to those clogged drains.

That means Khamash's son Nabeel can look forward to eating Thanksgiving turkey and sweet potato casserole, but not too much.

"I won't eat a lot because I'm getting fat," Nabeel said.

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