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Common Plumbing Myths Debunked

When it comes to plumbing, misinformation can lead to costly and unnecessary repairs. As a licensed plumber with years of experience, I’ve encountered several myths that homeowners often believe. This post aims to debunk these common plumbing myths, helping you make informed decisions and maintain a healthy plumbing system.

Myth 1: Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Many believe that grinding lemons in your garbage disposal is a great way to keep it clean and smelling fresh. While lemons can temporarily make your disposal smell better, the acid in the citrus can corrode the metal parts. Instead, use a combination of ice cubes and salt for cleaning, followed by a bit of dish soap and cold water.

Myth 2: Running Water Helps Waste Go Down the Drain Easier

Running water while using the garbage disposal seems logical, but it doesn’t help break down hard-to-grind items like eggshells or fibrous vegetables. These materials can still cause clogs, regardless of the water flow. Always be mindful of what you’re putting down your disposal.

Myth 3: A Plunger Fixes All Clogs

A plunger can be a handy tool for minor clogs, but it’s not a cure-all. Deep clogs or blockages caused by solid objects, tree roots, or severely backed-up systems require professional attention. Over-plunging can also damage your pipes.

Myth 4: In-Tank Toilet Cleaners Keep Toilets Clean

Those blue in-tank cleaners might make your toilet water look fresh, but they don’t clean your toilet effectively. Moreover, the chemicals can deteriorate internal components of your toilet, leading to leaks and other issues.

Myth 5: All Plumbers Are the Same

Just like any other profession, plumbers vary in expertise, experience, and customer service. When hiring a plumber, look for licensed, insured professionals with good reviews and a track record of quality work.

Myth 6: Flushable Wipes Are Safe for Your Toilet

Despite being labeled ‘flushable,’ these wipes don’t break down like toilet paper and are a common cause of clogs and sewer backups. It’s always better to throw them in the trash.

Myth 7: A Leaky Faucet is No Big Deal

A dripping faucet might seem like a minor annoyance, but it can lead to a significant waste of water and increase your water bill. Plus, the constant dripping can wear out your faucet and sink.

Understanding the reality behind these common plumbing myths can save you time, money, and a lot of hassle. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always better to consult a professional plumber. If you’re facing any plumbing issues or need advice on maintenance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to provide expert guidance and services to keep your plumbing system in top shape. If you need professional help, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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