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Plumbing Myths Debunked and Explored

There are a lot of plumbing myths that may lead to damage of the plumbing system, or disappointment in the results. The following are common myths you’ll want to avoid for the longevity of your home’s plumbing in Katy. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumber plumbers in Katy to schedule reliable plumbing services for your home or business.

Citrus Fruits Clean the Garbage Disposal

While a running a lemon, orange or lime rind through the disposal can make the drain smell crisp and fresh, it is no substitute for a proper cleaning. A quick clean involves turning the water on, the disposal and pouring some dish water liquid into the disposal. A thorough clean requires the power to be turned off to the disposal, spraying a cleaning solution of dish washing liquid into the disposal and allowing it to soak for a few minutes. Then spray again and clean the disposal with a brush.

Once the disposal is clean, turn the power back on and warm water to rinse the disposal. Commercial cleaning solutions are also available. However, check your owner’s manual to select an approved commercial cleaner. If you require garbage disposal repair or installation contact our skilled plumbers in Katy to schedule service.

Running Water Flushes Anything Down the Drain

Water is required to flush ground waste down the drain, but only approved waste. There are a number of things that should not be placed in the disposal. Hard items such as bone, fruit pits, egg shells, silverware, plastics, foam packaging products, paper, potato skins, banana peels, onion skins, celery, artichoke, greens and numerous other types of waste are a sure recipe for disaster. Non approved items can result in a clog or even damage to the disposal. Cut approved items into small pieces and feed only one or two at a time. Place large amounts of food waste in the trash. Ben Franklin plumbers in Katy can provide the garbage disposal repair and installation you require.

You Can Clean a Drain by Flushing Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are harmful to the disposal and the drain, and can cause a clogged drain. Coffee grounds are difficult to flush entirely down a drain and as a result will build up leading to a worsening clog. In fact, coffee grounds and fat, oils and grease are a main cause for a kitchen drain clog. Instead of washing coffee grounds down the drain, use them in your garden and around plants. They are an excellent addition to compost and a fertilizer for your plants. Add them to your tomato bed with crushed egg shells for healthier tomatoes and to deter wilt disease. Contact our plumbers in Katy for effective drain cleaning.

Plumbing Does Not Require Maintenance

This myth can lead to serious problems later on. Drains and sewer lines can become clogged from kitchen debris and tree roots can invade sewer lines. Sewer lines can shift leading to drainage issues and the leakage of disease carrying sewer effluent into your communities water supply. These problems will lead to plumbing repair. Water leaks run the water bill up and can damage fixtures with hard water stains. The amount of maintenance required depends on your household care of plumbing and conditions such as water chemistry. Generally, you should provide a hot water heater flush  annually at the minimum. The frequency of drain cleaning depends on the caution you use with drains. Typically, the average household should schedule professional drain cleaning about every 2-3 years. For those with other appliances such as water filtration, water softeners, expansion tanks, sump pumps and other, refer to your owners manual for the recommended maintenance and interval. Ben Franklin  plumbers in Katy can provide the services you require for your home’s plumbing in Katy.

Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumbers in Katy to schedule plumbing inspection, maintenance and/or plumbing repair. Our licensed plumbers offer the expertise you can rely on for your plumbing needs. Our plumbers serve Katy, Sugar Land, Houston and the surrounding areas with professional quality plumbing services. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Ben Franklin is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.