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Are you a homeowner who needs to learn about maintaining your plumbing system? If so, it’s important that you learn how to do so effectively without trying practices that may damage your system or your pipes. Here are five myths about home plumbing you’ll want to avoid.Top 5 Home Plumbing Myths That Cost You Money

Myth 1: Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal

While a running a lemon rind through the disposal may make your drain smell better, it won’t actually get it clean. To disinfect your garbage disposal, you will need to use a cleaning solution that includes a mild soap and warm water. Before you attempt to use it, however, make sure you disconnect the disposal from its power source. Spray the cleaning solution into the disposal, give it a few minutes to work, and then use a cleaning brush to scrub the disposal itself.

Myth 2: Running Water While Using The Garbage Disposal Helps The Waste Travel Smoothly

Many homeowners believe that they can put just about anything down their garbage disposals as long as they run water. The truth, however, is that some things do not belong in a garbage disposal no matter how much water you run. Hard or thick food items, such as banana peel and eggshells, can damage your disposal, which may require an expensive repair or drain cleaning. If you’re considering putting thick foods down your disposal, you’ll need to break them up thoroughly and mix them with water beforehand.

Myth 3: As Long As Things Keep Going Down My Drain, It Isn’t Getting Clogged

Even when your garbage disposal is operating, it may still be at risk of a serious clog. One of the early warning signs of an impending problem is a slow moving disposal, or waste fragments that remain on the discharge pipe. If you notice either of these signs when you use your disposal, it’s developing a clog, even though it may still be working. Stop using it right away until you have the clog removed.

Myth 4: You Can Clean Plumbing Fixtures With Hand Soap

Depending on the type of plumbing fixtures you have, hand soap may actually be damaging to the surface. Brass plumbing fixtures, for example, should be cleaned with gentle solutions such as cut lemons and baking soda. Toilet bowls, however, need to be cleaned with an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection.

Myth 5: Plumbing Fixtures Require Little To No Maintenance

This is one of the most dangerous home plumbing myths of all, because homeowners who believe it may run into serious problems later on. Pipes may be obstructed by clogs, wayward tree roots, or shifting home foundations. Homeowners should also inspect their sewer cleanouts for obstructions. All of these issues may lead to expensive plumbing repair, such as a sewer line replacement or a pipe replacement. The fixtures inside the home such as sinks, faucets, and tubs also need regular maintenance to avoid serious drain clogs.

 

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(8) Comments

  1. Wayne Johnson July 31st, 2013 at 12:03 pm


    Good information. Homeowners often think out of sight out of mind. Drains don’t work that way. Thank you for the cleaning tip.

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  2. Marilyn G. July 31st, 2013 at 5:59 pm


    Good advice! I will be more careful about what I put down my disposal!

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  3. Lauren August 1st, 2013 at 11:46 am


    Nice post. This is actually really helpful to me. I just bought my first house so I have been looking up things like just so I can be prepared and home myths. I really thought that lemons clean the garbage disposal. You learn something new everyday. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. Keith Plumbing Bristol August 16th, 2013 at 5:50 am


    A little bit of plumbing advice here. Most leaking pipes can be sealed by putting chewing gum around the end of the pipe. This will give it a watertight seal!

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  5. Emelina August 19th, 2013 at 5:33 am


    This is a great source of information. Knowing all these myths will help us gain the correct information about plumbing. It is important that we only know the right kind of information in trying to maintain our plumbing system as doing the wrong thing can cause us big problems and we don’t want that to happen.

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  6. Jensen Mott August 26th, 2013 at 3:03 pm


    We just put in a new drain disposal that has worked great so far. I will definitely remember to keep it clean and and make sure we don’t put anything down there that isn’t supposed to go. If anything happens, though, I will have to call a plumber in Las Vegas. Hopefully, I won’t have to anytime soon.

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  7. San Diego Plumber December 1st, 2013 at 1:47 am


    Very informative! This blog article is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  8. Yotis March 11th, 2014 at 7:52 am


    When life gives you lemons, don’t put them down your disposal! You might succeed in briefly creating a fresher aroma, but the citric acid from lemons corrodes the metal inside your disposal.

    The Better Alternative:

    Use ice to polish your disposal up inside, which works just like a rock tumbler polishing rocks; it’s noisy, but it works. Power wash the scum causing the odor from the drain without ruining your disposal.

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