In the world of plumbing, misinformation is all too common. From old wives’ tales to internet hacks, these myths might seem harmless but can lead to bad habits and potentially expensive repairs. In today’s blog post, we’ll debunk three common plumbing myths to help you make more informed decisions about your plumbing maintenance.
1. Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal
The belief that running a lemon through your garbage disposal will clean it is widespread. While lemons can make your disposal smell better, they don’t actually sanitize or clean the unit.
Citrus may deal with odor, but it won’t eliminate grease or food particles that may be clinging to the disposal’s blades or inner chamber. For thorough cleaning, it’s better to use a cleaning solution designed for garbage disposals or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
The next time your garbage disposal needs cleaning, skip the lemons and opt for a more effective method. Following proper cleaning guidelines will extend the life of your disposal and ensure it operates efficiently.
2. If It Flushes, It’s Okay to Flush
Many people operate under the “out of sight, out of mind” mantra when it comes to flushing items down the toilet. Wet wipes, paper towels, and feminine products might flush away, but that doesn’t mean they should be flushed.
These items don’t break down the same way toilet paper does and can cause severe clogs in your plumbing system. They’re also a nightmare for municipal sewage systems, often contributing to ‘fatbergs,’ which are large masses of fat, oil, and non-biodegradable matter.
Be mindful of what you flush down the toilet. Stick to human waste and toilet paper to ensure a clog-free, environmentally responsible plumbing system.
3. A Leaky Faucet Isn’t a Big Deal
A dripping faucet might not seem like a pressing issue, but small leaks can add up over time and lead to significant water waste. Plus, a leak could be an indicator of a more significant problem.
According to the EPA, a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s the equivalent of 180 showers!
Don’t underestimate the impact of a small leak. Fixing it promptly will not only save water but also potentially head off more serious plumbing issues down the line.
Call Yoder Plumbing today to debunk more plumbing myths!
When it comes to plumbing, it’s always better to rely on facts rather than myths. We’ve debunked the idea that lemons can clean your garbage disposal, clarified that not everything flushable should be flushed, and emphasized that even a small leak is worth fixing. By staying informed and vigilant, you can save yourself time, money, and avoid unnecessary stress.
For accurate information and professional services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Yoder Plumbing. Whether you need advice on maintaining your garbage disposal, solving toilet issues, or fixing leaks, we are here to help you every step of the way.