Plumbing Myths Debunked: Separating Fact from Fiction

In the realm of home maintenance, plumbing is a field rife with myths and misconceptions that can often lead homeowners astray. These myths can result in improper care of your plumbing system or worse, costly damages. We’ve heard them all, and we’re here to set the record straight.

Myth 1: Grease is Okay to Pour Down the Sink if You Run Hot Water

The Fiction: Many people believe that pouring hot water and soap with grease down the
drain prevents clogs.

The Fact: Even with hot water, grease eventually cools, solidifies, and can create significant blockages in your pipes. Always dispose of grease in the trash.

Myth 2: Lemon Peels Clean Your Garbage Disposal

The Fiction: Dropping lemon peels into your garbage disposal will cleanse it and make it smell fresh.

The Fact: While lemon might make your disposal smell better momentarily, the rinds can dull your blades. For a fresh scent, use vinegar and baking soda instead.

Myth 3: Running Water Along With Waste Helps the Disposal

The Fiction: As long as the water’s running, anything can go down a garbage disposal.

The Fact: Running water doesn’t prevent clogs from materials that shouldn’t go down your disposal like bones, coffee grounds, or eggshells.

Myth 4: “Flushable” Wipes are Safe for the Toilet

The Fiction: Wipes labeled as “flushable” won’t cause any issues in your sewage system.

The Fact: Most wipes, even those labeled flushable, don’t break down quickly and can block pipes. It’s best to dispose of them in a waste bin.

Myth 5: A Brick in the Toilet Tank Saves Water

The Fiction: Placing a brick in the toilet tank reduces water use for each flush.

The Fact: Bricks can disintegrate over time, damaging internal components. Consider investing in a low-flow toilet or a tank bag designed for water conservation.

Myth 6: Small Drips on Faucets are Not a Big Deal

The Fiction: A slow drip from a faucet isn’t worth fixing immediately.

The Fact: Over time, a small drip can lead to significant water waste and higher bills. It’s prudent to fix drips promptly.

Myth 7: All Plumbing Systems Require the Same Maintenance

The Fiction: Plumbing maintenance is standard across all systems.

The Fact: Different systems, especially in older homes, may have unique requirements. Regular professional inspections can help tailor maintenance to your system’s needs.

Myth 8: Plumbing Requires Little to No Regular Maintenance

The Fiction: If there are no visible problems, your plumbing system is fine without maintenance.

The Fact: Regular inspections and drain cleanings prevent build-up and can identify issues before they escalate into major problems.

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