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4 Home Plumbing Myths Debunked

Posted on January 30th, 2015

Put aside what you might have heard about plumbing from unqualified friends and family members. Plumbing Medic is here to clear up the misconceptions! Below, we’ll delve into some of the most common misinformation when it comes to plumbing.

Four home plumbing myths debunked:

1. The best way to clean your drains is with commercial drain cleaners

No, no, no! Commercial drain cleaners have been known to be ineffective, toxic and damaging to your pipes. If you’ve got a clog, just say no to commercial drain cleaners. Instead, contact a professional plumber.

2. In-tank toilet bowl cleaners are safe and effective

Lots of people depend on in-tank toilet bowl cleaners to keep their toilets clean. However, keeping these products in the tank is not a good idea. They usually contain chlorine and other harsh cleaners. They soak into the gaskets, causing them to break down and deteriorate.

3. Showering uses less water than taking a bath

This is less of a myth and more of a generalization. Water usage will depend on a few things, like the size of your tub, your shower head’s GPM (gallons per minute) rating, and how long you shower for. Read “Water use: Shower vs. bath” from environmental news website Mother Nature Network for more information.

4. Garbage disposals can handle just about anything

In reality, your garbage disposal isn’t meant to chew down every food you can think of. Certain food items, like stringy fruits and vegetables, can clog your garbage disposal. And non-food items, such as glass, metal and plastic, are a big no. Other foods to keep out of your garbage disposal include:

  • Seeds
  • Egg shells
  • Fatty meats
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Don’t fall victim to these home plumbing myths! If you’re ever unsure about how to handle a plumbing issue, simply reach out to Plumbing Medic for clarification. Our phones are answered 24/7!

(602) 649-6435

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