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Which of These Common Plumbing Myths Do You Believe?

Posted on September 23rd, 2019

Believe it or not, many common plumbing myths have been circulating for years. From tips on how to keep your drains clean to newfound products on the market that promise to help your plumbing, the list goes on and on. However, some homeowners might not know what is fact versus what is fiction is. Here are some of the most popular plumbing myths we’d like to debunk today:

Flushable Wipes Break Down Easily

We regret to inform you that flushable wipes aren’t flushable at all. Sure, they might bear the name of being able to break down just like toilet paper — but they take quite some time to let water break through their tightly woven fibers. 

Therefore, if you are opting to use flushable wipes, it’s best to dispose of them in a garbage can. This will help save your plumbing and avoid the chance of having a potential clog.

Chemical Drain Cleaners are Safe to Use

If you ever encounter a clogged drain in your home, never use a chemical drain cleaner — ever! Sure, using one of these cleaners will break down any blockages that are in your pipes, but continuously using them will deteriorate your plumbing pipes over time. 

If you do need to have your drain cleaned, then it’s best to opt for a natural alternative or an enzyme-based cleaner. These will not only help make an impact, but they will also help preserve your home’s plumbing in the long run!

Ice Can Help Your Garbage Disposal

Believe it or not, there’s a popular myth on the market that letting ice sit atop a garbage disposal can help sharpen the blades when you run it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case at all — in fact, they don’t have blades but rather features called impellers. 

Impellers have sharp edges and rotate in order to grind up anything that’s tossed down your disposal. If an impeller isn’t breaking anything down, then it’s best to have a professional plumber inspect the problem at hand.

If You Run into Trouble with Your Plumbing, Give us a Call! 

With over four decades in the business, we can help make any plumbing repair in the blink of an eye. To learn more about our services, contact us today! 

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