Here at Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating, we know that some myths about plumbing that are accepted as fact by customers. Unfortunately, sometimes a well-known plumbing “fact” is actually a plumbing myth! Worst of all, these myths can sometimes end up costing you quite a bit of money.
Fortunately, you have our experts on your side. We're ready to help you separate fact from fiction and bust some of these plumbing myths once and for all. Here's a look at some of the most persistent and common ones.
If Things Go Down the Drain, It's Working Fine
Some people think that if water is going down the drain no problem, everything is fine. Unfortunately, that's not always true. Waste could be gathering in a certain spot in your drain, causing a potential problem later. Even if things seem to be running smoothly, that's no reason to ignore plumbing maintenance. If you notice a slight problem, but then things seem to get back to normal, you may still want to call in an experienced plumber in order to avoid a sticky situation later.
You Can Clean Plumbing Fixtures with Hand Soap
This is a surprisingly common misconception that we've noticed. Some people think that they can just clean fixtures like faucets with the soap that's already in the bathroom. Depending on what they're made out of, fixtures can actually be damaged by harsh hand soap solutions. Stick with a more specialized cleaning product.
Citrus Peels are Good for the Garbage Disposal
You may have heard that citrus fruits like lemons can be used to clean up drains and garbage disposals. You might notice that things smell better, but in reality you're not actually cleaning your drain. Another issue is that older disposals may even have some issues breaking down citrus peels.
Running Water Helps Anything Go Down the Garbage Disposal
Speaking of the garbage disposal, here's another plumbing myth that could end up costing you some money. If you thought that just running water can help anything go down the garbage disposal smoothly, you're incorrect. Some thicker food items can still damage your disposal, even if you're running the tap. Know what your garbage disposal can handle and don't subject it to more work than it can tackle.
A Brick in Your Toilet Tank Saves You Money
One myth we've heard is that placing a brick in the toilet tank can save you money. It has something to do with the displacement of the water, but in reality you won't notice a real difference in water use or your monthly bill. In fact, this strange move might actually adversely affect how your toilet flushes.
Those Wipes are Flushable
Many wet wipes claim to be flushable, but they just don't break down like typical toilet paper does. If you're worried about clogs and other plumbing issues, this is a product to avoid. And you don't even want to know what kind of effects they can have on a sewer system.
The Exploding Water Heater
Some people think that a rumbling or gurgling noise could mean that your water heater is primed to explode. Instead, it just means there's excess sediment in your tank. Calling one of our licensed plumbers and having them fix this issue can extend the life of your water heater.