Pumpkins are the symbol of October. There’s pumpkin spice flavored everything at the coffee shop and kids are carving jack o lanterns. If you’ve brought a pumpkin home to participate in the fun yourself, please take a word of advice from plumbing services NYC: don’t put pumpkin seeds, flesh, or skin down your kitchen sink drain. Here’s why:
Pumpkin causes kitchen sink clogs – even if you have a garbage disposal.
Pumpkin, along with other members of the squash family, including acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and blue hubbard squash, has a fibrous, stringy texture. When pumpkin is chopped into tiny pieces, which is what a garbage disposal does, those pieces stick to everything with unbelievable strength. The typical pumpkin – even a small one! – generates a lot of waste material. Your garbage disposal is going to be overwhelmed, and your kitchen sink will clog.
A word about pumpkin stems and the real life capacity of your garbage disposal. New Yorkers admire toughness. It’s part of who we are. We know that when something hard needs to be done, we just have to buckle down and do it. Unfortunately, no one told your garbage disposal this. Pumpkin stems are extremely hard – in some cases, as solid as a piece of wood. In a battle between a thick pumpkin stem and your garbage disposal, the pumpkin stem is going to win. Because we provide plumbing services NYC, we are more than prepared to install a new garbage disposal for you – but if you want to save your money for something more fun than kitchen plumbing repairs, we advise not putting your pumpkin stem in the garbage disposal.
About those pumpkin seeds: they’re sticky and generally covered with stringy flesh, which means you don’t want to put them in your garbage disposal. You don’t have to trash them though: it’s super easy to roast them for a tasty snack. Here’s a recipe!