There’s only one thing scarier than a “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie marathon, and that’s a clogged drain. Yep, Hitchcock’s got nothing on backed-up plumbing.

This is a busy time of the year for the folks at Roto-Rooter, according to their latest newsletter. Why? Because amidst the excitement of carving up the pumpkins and positioning the ghoulish gourds on the front steps for all to see, few people actually stop and think, “Wait, maybe putting these pumpkin guts down the sink isn’t such a good idea.”

It’s understandable. Who wants rotting innards sitting in the trash can for days on end? It’s much tidier just to wash the stringy, smelly slop down the drain and be done with it.

Unfortunately, the pulp and seeds soon harden, clogging the drain and disposer. The resulting plumbing bill is enough to scare the socks off of John Carpenter.

So, follow Roto-Rooter’s advice this Halloween season. Don’t put pumpkin guts down the drain, in the garbage disposal or in the toilet. Wrap them up in newspaper and throw them in the trash, or even better: compost them!

Happy carving!

Credit: Roto-Rooter Newsletter