3 Most Common Plumbing Myths

Check out these three common plumbing myths

You probably don’t know a whole lot about your plumbing. Most likely you take a lot of things for granted when it comes to things entering your appliances and plumbing pipes. The following are three common plumbing myths that you should be aware of.

1. Lemons Can Effectively Clean Out Your Garbage Disposal

Not true! It’s probably among the most common of the plumbing myths around. Everybody seems to think you can chop some citrus fruit up and throw it down your garbage disposal to make it smell lemony and fresh. It does make things smell lemony – for the approximately five seconds it takes for the lemon to be ground up. However, nothing gets cleaned by doing this. The citric acid, the cleaning agent contained in citrus, can in fact cause the metal inside of the garbage disposal to corrode.

Rather than using lemons for cleaning your garbage disposal, you should instead fill the sink up with soapy cold water. Throw in some ice cubes also. Then pull the stopper out and turn the disposal on. Doing this every few weeks will help your disposal as clean as possible without damaging it.

2. In Tank Cleaners Make It Easy to Clean the Toilet

You know which cleaners we are referring to. The drop-in or stick-on tabs that either go in your toilet’s tank or bowl and dissolve slowly over the course of around one month. The idea here is that the bleach is released slowly so that the bowl is kept clean. The bleach doesn’t clean the porcelain; it merely bleaches the scum that continues to build up inside your bowl. If the scum is left untouched, the scum will continue to build up and ruin your toilet ultimately.

A better way of keeping your tank’s part clean that you are unable to reach is to once a week pour 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar into the overflow tube that is on the back of the toilet tank.

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3. As Long as Everything Continues Going Down the Drain, Nothing Is Getting Clogged

You don’t need to worry about clogs if everything appears to be flowing down the drain, right? Wrong. The concept of “out of sight out of mind” doesn’t really apply to the way that drains work. They work more like the way the arteries of an individual with high cholesterol do. Even though they can’t be seen, there are still things sticking and coating the inside of the pipes that will cause clogs later on. Specifically starches and oils.

Kitchen grease is not the only thing we are talking about. Even oils contained in soaps may stick to the inside of your drain pipes. Things such as pasta and rice do as well. Pasta, rice and other kinds of starches are turned into sugar whenever they are mixed with water. They act like a kind of caramel inside your drain pipes.

You can help to avoid getting clogs by ensuring that you use all of your drains correctly. Only put things that are safe into your garbage disposal. You should place a hair catcher over the shower drain in order to prevent hair from clogging the pipes up later on.