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Pumpkin Pulp Clogs Plumbing

Pumpkin Pulp Clogs Plumbing

Thinking of carving pumpkins this year? Don't throw the pulp down the drain.

The Meridian Star, Miss.

Some jack-o’-lanterns may sport smiley faces this Halloween, but if carvers put pumpkin pulp down the drain, it could turn their own smiles into frowns.

Pumpkin pulp can clog drains and damage garbage disposals. Mr. Rooter Plumbing service professionals advise pumpkin carvers to keep pumpkin guts and seeds away from the kitchen sink.

“The pulp remains intact in the drain,” said Robert L. Jordan of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Greater Waynesboro Area franchise. “As the orange substance hardens and sticks to the pipes, you’ll end up with a stopped-up kitchen sink.”

Jordan says it’s better to carve pumpkins on a newspaper, so pumpkin remnants can be easily thrown away or put in a compost pile. Better yet, save the pumpkin seeds for cooking. The flesh of the pumpkin can also be cooked if it is still fresh:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:


1. Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings. This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried.

2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat.

3. Sprinkle with salt (or try cayenne pepper or garlic salt) and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until toasted, about 25 minutes. Check and stir after 10 minutes.

4. Let cool and store in an air-tight container.

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