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5 Home Plumbing Myths

Plumbing Myths

When it comes to home plumbing, there are a lot of myths out there. You may have heard some of these myths so many times, it sounds true. We’ll clear up some common plumbing misconceptions and explain why.

  1. Flushable Wipes are Safe to Use

We see this one a lot. Although they’re labeled as flushable and they may indeed flush down the toilet, it’s not good for your plumbing system to get in the habit of flushing wipes down the toilet. Over time, baby wipes, flushable wipes, and face wipes will create a clog in your system.

  1. A Brick in a Toilet Will Save Water

A common plumbing myth goes that if you place an object like a brick in the toilet, it will help conserve water. Many think this will displace the volume in the tank but it can cause your toilet to work harder. Not to mention it can interfere with the internal parts of the toilet and the brick may even start to disintegrate. Do not place any objects in your toilet tank.

  1. Use Lemons to Clean Garbage Disposal

While it might smell nice to grind up lemons, it can harm your garbage disposal as the peels can become stuck in the blades. The acidity of the lemons can even corrode the disposal mechanism. Garbage disposals are not trash compactors and you shouldn’t just put anything down the drain.

  1. If the Water Drains, There is No Clog

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Just because the water drains in your sink or bathtub, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a clog. Do not ignore a slow-moving drain because it could lead to other plumbing issues in your home. Get slow drains fixed right away!

  1. Using Chemical Drain Cleaners for Clogs

Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners to clear clogs and slow drains. Corrosive and dangerous chemicals may temporarily clear away a clog but they have the potential to eat away at your pipes. Also, they’re toxic and messy to deal with. Always opt for an environmentally friendly drain cleaner.

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