As a homeowner, you should understand all the most important systems in your home, especially your plumbing. Many people develop their own methods for maintaining their plumbing, which they begin sharing with others. Do these rumors and DIY plumbing “life hacks” hold any truth or efficacy, though? Before you start taking a friend’s advice, be sure to get the facts about your plumbing system and which myths can actually do more harm than good.
“Lemons Can Clean Garbage Disposals”
If you had a nickel for every time your friends and family told you lemons can scrub your garbage disposal clean, you might just stop working. Although tossing lemon peels down the disposal can certainly make your kitchen smell fresh and clean, lemons actually do nothing to clean pipes or a garbage disposal. Check your garbage disposal’s manual to learn the proper cleaning techniques your model needs. Similarly, simply running water when putting something in the disposal does not ensure your disposal does the job. Even with water, some items just can’t be tossed in without causing major damage to the system.
“Flushable Wipes Are Just That: Flushable!”
It’s an easy mistake to make. After all, the label clearly states they’re flushable. Despite what the advertising claims, flushable wipes are a big no-no when it comes to your toilet’s function. Unlike toilet paper, flushable wipes are not biodegradable, meaning they can easily clog up your pipes. An overflowing toilet can really disrupt your daily activities, so it’s best to just toss those wipes in the garbage after use.
“Leaky Faucets Aren’t a Big Deal”
A tiny leak in your faucet may seem like something that can wait a few days, weeks or months, but all those drip-drops can add up quickly. Without maintenance, a leak can waste thousands of gallons of water and cost you big time on your water bills. It’s always best to get a leak fixed as soon as possible to prevent water damage and high water costs later on. Luckily, this myth is becoming less and less common as more homeowners become more financially- and environmentally-conscious.
Maintain Your Home’s Plumbing with South West Plumbing
A problem with your plumbing could stop your routine in its tracks. Make sure your home’s plumbing infrastructure is properly cared for by receiving regular maintenance from the professionals at South West Plumbing. To schedule your next service, contact us online or call 206-932-1777.