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Brown Friday: Here’s A Map Of DC’s Clogged Toilets After Thanksgiving

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

The day after Thanksgiving is a boon for plumbers throughout the country, specifically the greater Washington, D.C., area, because of the spike in toilet-related emergencies.

Michael & Son, a D.C.-area home services company, provided The Daily Caller News Foundation with data on the substantial uptick in plumbing service requests following the national holiday.

Michael and Son Services: Code Brown Map of Washington D.C.

Photo: Michael and Son Services, Code Brown Map of Washington D.C.

On Thanksgiving day, families, friends and loved ones gather across the homeland to feast upon a cornucopia of food, overindulging in heavy food and drink. The digestive tract takes 12 to 24 hours to process food, and the annual consumption pattern leads to a spike in plumbing emergencies after toilets and septic systems become inundated with bodily waste.

Michael & Son parsed through data and ranked the zip codes and locations in the Washington metropolitan area with the most requests for plumbing and septic work.

The top five were: Fort Washington, Md.; Potomac Md.; Alexandria Va.; the “20011” section of Northeast D.C.; Upper Marlboro, Md.

Thanks to the “The Code Brown Map” created by Michael & Son, potential patrons of plumbing services can see that they are not alone requesting septic assistance.

The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday is a day for sale-seekers to get a head start on Christmas shopping while receiving a substantial discount. But for the larger professional plumbing community — which included 425,000 people in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — Black Friday is more aptly known as “Brown Friday.”

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