No matter how old you are, plumbing can be extremely confusing. While there, generally speaking, are a lot of plumbers out there who can help you should a plumbing problem arise, a lot of people take it upon themselves to make decisions about their plumbing issues based on popular opinion, or on a piece of advice their friend or family member gave them. To avoid damaging the plumbing in your home, keep the five plumbing myths below in mind. Next time someone suggests one of them to you, you will know to seek help elsewhere.
Myth #1: As long as things are going down the drain, there is no clogging issue
Many people think that, as long as food waste and debris are going down the drain without any trouble, there is no clogging issue. However, you might be missing some important warning signs of a clog. If your disposal is moving more slowly than usual, or waste fragments are collecting on the discharge pipe, a clog might be on its way. It is important to respond to these signs right away to save you from expensive repair costs.
Myth #2: You shouldn’t worry about a leaky faucet
Leaky faucets are a bigger issue than most people realize, even when the leaks are intermittent rather than constant. Leaking faucets increase your water bill and are also harmful to the environment. Household leaks can actually waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually. Once drips start, they can also wear out the faucet and pit or stain plumbing fixtures. It will cost a lot more money to repair or replace these items than it will to just fix the leak to begin with.
Myth #3: A brick in the toilet tank will save water
This old myth has been around for a long time. Not only does it not work, but it also can cause serious damage to your toilet. In reality, bricks deteriorate over time and can cause other things, like the flapper in your toilet, to break. Even before this happens, keeping the brick in your toilet tank can displace too much water, meaning you’ll have to flush twice, defeating the purpose of having the brick in there in the first place.
Myth #4: Lemon peels should be used to deodorize the disposal
Many people, both plumbers and laymen alike, are convinced that grinding up lemon peels in your garbage disposal can help deodorize it. It is true that the disposal will smell nice, but putting peels in it can clog the drain as well. Unless you know for sure that your disposal is powerful enough to cut through the peels, you should avoid putting them down there. If you still want to deodorize naturally, try white vinegar instead.
Myth #5: You can put any food down the disposal
This might be one of the biggest plumbing myths out there. People break their disposals almost every day by putting food down their disposal that has no business being there. Seeds, peels, and eggshells are hard on the disposal, and fat from foods like hamburger meat can melt into grease and reform into your pipes, leading to burst pipes and clogs. Additionally, foods like pasta and rice can absorb water and bloat in your pipes.
Now that you know about some of the most common plumbing myths out there, you can avoid falling for them when someone suggests them to you. Keep them in mind so that, when a plumbing problem emerges, you will know which tips to try and which to avoid.