Ever hear a bump in the night?
When you’re comfortably and quietly watching TV on your couch or when sleep doesn’t come to you and you’re lying under your covers and you hear it.
A distant creak or a loud bump behind the walls.
You’d think your comfy home is a scene out of a horror movie, kind of like the one pictured above.
Sometimes that bump in the night can be explained and may not necessarily a paranormal entity that lives in your home. Roto-Rooters have become as common a visitor during the Halloween season like the ghosts and ghouls that come around for treats on Halloween. My US friends may be very familiar with them (Canucks too) and thanks to plumbers everywhere, a little bit of the paranormal is being explained.
During this season, home owners will be carving up their pumpkins and will soon be complaining about pulp-clogged garbage disposals and stopped up kitchen sink drains in the two weeks leading up to Halloween. Also about unexplained noises that are causing unease in their homes. I can only imagine the workload faced by plumbers in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and other densely-populated cities where kids are eager to carve their jack-o-lanterns every year.
“It’s stringy and sticky and when it dries and hardens it will choke-off drainpipes and garbage disposals
creating all sorts of havoc.” said Larry Rothman, plumbing director for Cincinnati-based Roto-Rooter
Plumbing and Drain Service.
I wonder if my experience could be explained by plumbing, see it here.
According to Roto-Rooters, “A common complaint of clanging or rattling is usually a culprit of unsecure piping and walls that are not insulated. Additionally, old metal pipes, as opposed to standard use of plastic today, expand and contract with hot water usage creating horrifying hissing or creepy cracking sounds. Simple kinetic energy accounts for one of the loudest plumbing problems, called a water hammer. Water hammers typically occur when dishwashers, washing machines or toilets suddenly stop the flow of water and the pipes absorb the shock from the stopped force. When the water is shutoff, there is a loud banging sound.”
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So, Roto-Rooter Plumbing has emphasized for the last few years that pumpkin pulp is definitely not a good idea and that it can make your drain stop draining altogether. To prevent Halloween drain disasters, Roto-Rooter suggests carving pumpkins on a bed of newspaper. Then carvers should wrap up the mess and throw all pumpkin-related materials into the garbage can or into a compost pile.
And the seeds?
Wash them up, toss them in olive oil and salt and bake for a delicious treat!
Now I know when we carve our pumpkins in the next few days to not dump that pulp!
While Roto-Rooter cannot account for the visions some claim to experience in America’s Ten Most Haunted Cities, many homeowners who find they are jumping at crashes, clanks and bumps in the night, might consider calling in an expert… a plumbing expert.
Do you have visitors from the past in your home or do you need a plumber?
Let me know, til next time–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.