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A busy time of year for plumbers

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Derek Olin's job can be downright dirty, but that's the way he likes it.

"I love getting my hands dirty, I love helping people," he said.

He owns Olin Plumbing Inc. He has his hands full this Thanksgiving holiday. It turns out, this is the busiest time of year for plumbers.

"My wife asked me earlier when I'm going to get home. I say, when the work gets done."

That work could be a leak, a clog or something worse.

Because family and friends typically get together around the holidays it can add a lot of strain to a plumbing system, which can lead back-ups.

That's when he gets called in.

"When the plumbing issue comes, people will open the doors and clear the way," he said.

Most holiday plumbing problems start in the kitchen, specifically the kitchen sink.

"Family, friends that are helping in the kitchen, and they tend to force-feed the garbage disposal," he said.

Whether its grease or bones, a lot of the wrong stuff tends to wind up in the disposal. Another hot spot is the toilet.

"They'll either overload the toilet or toilet not operating at full efficiency," he said.

Olin says when it comes to the holidays and your plumbing system, use it wisely and moderation is a good rule of thumb. Otherwise you might have to give him a call, but don't worry -- he won't mind.

"Holiday's mean nothing to me, they really and truly mean a time to strap on the boots and fix someone's problem," he said with a smile.

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