For the majority of homeowners, the assumption is that if your faucets and drains look good on the surface, your plumbing is working as it should. Many believe that the various old-wives’ tales passed down from generations can assist in keeping your plumbing working at its most optimal performance level. However, some of these false bits of information could actually be hurting your plumbing. Although your drains may appear to be draining properly, there could be damage lurking beneath the surface.
Here are some common plumbing myths and the truth behind these misconceptions.
MYTH #1 – Lemons can help clean your kitchen drains and garbage disposal.
Lemons have been known to have some natural cleaning attributes and is often used in household cleaners. Some people use lemons in the garbage disposal to clean out any leftover residue. Though lemons can make your kitchen smell nice and clean, lemons in your garbage disposal are actually harmful to your disposal’s blades.
The lemon peels could get stuck in your garbage disposal and dull the blades. Instead, try a white vinegar rinse. If your drain and garbage disposal appear to have stubborn odors, you can remove your garbage disposal from its power source and clean your disposal with warm water, soap, and a soft brush.
MYTH #2 – The package says flushable, so we can flush it. Right?
Wrong. Our household pipes were not meant to accommodate items other than toilet tissue or human waste. Over time, pipes can have a residue build up along the walls of the pipe. When items that were not meant to be flushed are flushed, these items can also become stuck inside a pipe, causing a messy backup that could end up in your home. Instead, these items should be disposed of in the trash.
MYTH #3 – My drain is slow. I should use one of those liquid chemical drain cleaners.
A slow drain is a beginning symptom of a potentially larger issue. When a drain is slow, something is stuck inside the drain, keeping the water from flowing freely. The clog could include anything from hair and debris to residue build-up. Various home remedies could fix the slow drain temporarily, and many homeowners are experienced and savvy enough to perform these fixes. It is recommended to contact a plumber to be sure your plumbing is working at its most efficient and if slow draining or clogs keep occurring.
MYTH #4 – Leaky faucets aren’t a big deal.
Like other high traffic areas of the home, it is common for your plumbing to wear down over time. Though a leaky faucet may not seem like a big deal, especially not right away, this can quickly turn into a larger issue if not addressed.
In a related topic, many believe that keeping your faucet handles turned tightly will increase the life of your faucet and prevent leaks. Doing this is actually more harmful to your faucet. Simply turn the handle until the water stops.
MYTH #5 – Any plumber will be able to fix your plumbing issue.
There are a lot of knowledgeable and efficient plumbers out there that can help you with your plumbing needs. The key to finding these plumbers is to research reviews and be sure that the company you choose employs the innovative technological advancements made to the plumbing field in recent years. A quality plumbing service will not try to sell you products or services you don’t need, but will give you highly qualified recommendations to keep your plumbing efficient and prevent larger issues down the road.
As with any item in your home, your plumbing needs maintenance and care. Being sure to invest in regularly scheduled maintenance in your plumbing will increase the lifespan of your plumbing and prevent any costly headaches in the future.
At Miller’s Services, our goal is to help our customers optimize the functions of their home and prevent any larger issues later on. If you need help with your plumbing, give us a call at 804-758-4314.