Okay, you’ve heard of Black Friday and even Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Brown Friday? This infamous day occurs on the same day of the year—the day after Thanksgiving—as Black Friday, but it has nothing to do with shopping. Instead, this inglorious moniker has everything to do with once-a-year cooks and plumbing.
Most of us don’t host tens of people at our homes on a typical Thursday. But things change once a year, on the fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving. On this day, we prep, cook, and prepare turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams with marshmallows, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and who knows what else. And for those who don’t cook big meals (or any meals) on a regular basis, they’re not quite as savvy about what to do with leftovers.
Sure, there are those leftovers you save for yummy day-after turkey sandwiches. But there are also those things in the bottom of pans and pots or stuck on guests’ plates. Instead of scraping those remains into the compost bin, garbage can, or even Fido’s plate, thousands of Americans will put them down the disposal. And that can lead to big problems.
Of course, there’s also the overuse of bathroom facilities with all those extra guests, which can cause more drain and plumbing issues.
Given the bathroom thing, you might have made your own assumptions about what Brown Friday means; but it primarily refers to the brown water that bubbles up, either from kitchen drains or, yes, toilets. According to some plumbers, calls increase up to 50% on the day after Thanksgiving. Homeowners’ pipes have been overextended for the day, and they can’t rectify the situation themselves, so they call in the big guns.
Of course, most homes can handle a little added usage one day a year. Unfortunately for those homeowners with issues, it’s usually because they already had a kitchen plumbing repair need beforehand. It’s just that the weird things that are going into the drains on Thanksgiving have become the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Plumbers have found everything you can imagine in drains on Brown Friday, from parts of the turkey to dentures.
As you ready your home and table for your holiday guests, there are some precautions you can take to avoid having to call your friendly neighborhood plumber on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
If you have an older home, it might be a smart idea to schedule a precautionary inspection with a professional plumber. That way, you’ll be aware of any issues you have before you welcome a dozen (or more!) guests to your home for Thanksgiving. Sometimes, having your drains snaked beforehand will help you to avoid plugs that turn a fun holiday into a big cleanup session.
To schedule your pre-holiday drain inspection, or if you experience the challenges associated with Brown Friday, keep Staggs Plumbing on speed dial: 469-998-8950 in Plano or 972-742-3858 in Rockwall.
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the blessings of the day.