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Plumbers Suggest Not Cleaning out Pumpkins into Sink

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many of you may be getting in the Halloween mood by carving pumpkins, but your jack-o-lantern may not be as scary as the inside of your pipes.

Many people clean out their pumpkins before carving them, and they put the sticky, stringy pulp and seeds into the garbage disposal.  Plumbers say that's not a good idea. Tom Stride, owner of Tritan Plumbing, says it can easily clog your pipes and cause major problems for your sink. Stride explains, "It actually makes a real gooey, thick mess in your pipes.  After the water goes away, it can harden and dry, and then overtime, it's going to make them plug up, and you won't have a good drain.  It can also bind up your garbage disposal."

Getting the problem fixed is time consuming and can cost quite a bit of money.

Instead of putting the pumpkin pulp and seeds in the garbage disposal, Stride recommends throwing the pulp and seeds away.   You could also put them in a compost pile or plant the pumpkin seeds and grow your own pumpkins for next year.  Another idea is to roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty treat.