upper waypoint

The Real Terror Lurking in Your Drain This Halloween: Pumpkin Guts

Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

The plumbers from Roto-Rooter caution not to throw your gooey pumpkin guts down the drain. (JD Hancock)

It's that time of year, when everyone is posting all kinds of cute photos from the pumpkin patch online. According to statistics from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, farmers here harvest upward of 150 million pounds of pumpkins each year. That makes California the nation’s top pumpkin producer.

That’s a lot of jack-o'-lanterns. And a lot of gooey pumpkin guts to dispose of.  But, whatever you do -- don’t put them down the drain.  

"It starts about a week and a half before Halloween. We start hearing about, yeah, somebody did it again," said Paul Abrams, of the Roto-Rooter plumbing company.

"Pumpkin pulp is kind of like Mother Nature’s super glue. The stuff really sticks to pipes, and it sticks to every part of the garbage disposal," he said.

Abrams said that after pumpkin innards dry and harden inside plumbing, over-the-counter drain cleaners won't do the trick. Depending on the size of the clog, plumbers may have to cut out the blockage with specialized blades or even replace the pipes.


The repair can cost hundreds of dollars. That’ll put a frown on your jack-o'-lantern -- so think about putting those pumpkin guts in the trash or compost instead.

lower waypoint
next waypoint
State Prisons Offset New Inmate Wage Hikes by Cutting Hours for Some WorkersCecil Williams, Legendary Pastor of Glide Church, Dies at 94Erik Aadahl on the Power of Sound in FilmFresno's Chinatown Neighborhood To See Big Changes From High Speed RailKQED Youth Takeover: How Can San Jose Schools Create Safer Campuses?How to Attend a Rally Safely in the Bay Area: Your Rights, Protections and the PoliceWill Less Homework Stress Make California Students Happier?Silicon Valley House Seat Race Gets a RecountNurses Warn Patient Safety at Risk as AI Use Spreads in Health CareRainn Wilson from ‘The Office’ on Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution