Brown Friday: Busiest day of the year for plumbers

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - While shoppers consider the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday, plumbers call it Brown Friday because of the increased amount of calls they receive about clogged kitchen sinks.

"It's a spin on the Black Friday thing and the brown is what we get to deal with every day," said David Guse, Roto-Rooter: Plumbing, Drains & Water Cleanup.

Guse says plumbers respond to nearly double the amount of calls they usually receive.

"Normal business das our guys will do four or five calls a day. Right now they are all scheduled for ten and we are still taking phone calls," Guse said.

They say after the holiday a lot of kitchen sinks get backed-up.

"What is causing the clogs are the grease drippings that are in the stink and just finally put it over the edge," Guse said.

"Through the meal prep of Thanksgiving people put things down the drain they shouldn't. So we get a lot of calls," said Michael Letsinger, Pearson Plumbing, Heating and Pest Control.

Letsinger says the problems normally start when using a garbage disposal.

"Rockford branches have long kitchen sink drain line runs and if you turn the water off too soon then it will just leave that food behind and it will plug up," Letsinger said.

But if you do notice the sink starting to clog you should use a plumber.

"Or you could use a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of vinegar and put those down the drain and leave it to sit for about 30 to 40 minutes then use a pot of boiling water and flush it down," Letsinger said.

"Be aware. If the drains are backing up and there going slow, don't ignore it will build into a problem," Guse said.

If you do need a plumber most Stateline plumbing companies are open 24 hours a day. All you need to do is call and schedule an appointment.
Brown Friday: Busiest day of the year for plumbers