Are you in charge of your home plumbing? The internet seems to know it all? Well, while it could be helpful, the internet has also helped in propagating some old plumbing myths. In today’s posts, the experts at Emergency Plumbers will bust some very old plumbing myths that will hopefully help you detect issues earlier on, and take care of your home plumbing system with better and accurate information.

1. Running Water during the Garbage Disposal Helps The Waste Travel Smoothly

Usually homeowners put just about anything down the garbage disposal while running water at the same time. However, the truth is that some things can’t be drained down the garbage disposal no matter how much water you run. Eggshells, banana peels and other hard food items can damage your disposal system, which can cause expensive repairs. If you really need to put any hard foods items down your disposal, break them up first and mix them with water beforehand.

2. Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Running lemon peels through your garbage disposal will only make your drain smell temporarily better and not do anything to clean it. Be sure to use a cleaning solution that includes warm water and a mild soap if you need to disinfect your garbage disposal. Make sure to disconnect the disposal from its power source first if you plan on opening up your disposal to thoroughly clean it. Spray the cleaning solution into the disposal and let it sit for a few minutes after it is disconnected, then use a cleaning brush to scrub the disposal.

3. You Can Clean Plumbing Fixtures With Hand Soap

Not every type of plumbing fixtures can be cleaned with hand soap. In fact, certain kinds can be damaging if you do so. For instance, brass fixtures should only be cleaned with gentle solutions like cut lemons and baking soda. Use the right cleaning solution according to the material type your fixture is made of.

4. Plumbing Fixtures Require Little To No Maintenance

Plumbing fixtures don’t need maintenance is one of the most dangerous plumbing myths. This may lead to serious problems later on. Pipes can be obstructed by clogs, twisted tree roots, or shifting home foundations. Also inspect sewer cleanouts to make sure there are no obstructions. Such issues can lead to expensive plumbing repairs, such as a pipe replacement or a sewer line replacement. Regular maintenance is needed for fixtures inside the home, such as sinks, faucets, and tubs to avoid serious drain clogs.

5. As Long As Things Keep Going Down My Drain, It Isn’t Getting Clogged

There is still a chance of it developing a serious clog even if your garbage disposal seems to be working, as it should. Slow moving disposal or waste fragments remaining on the discharge pipe is an early warning sign of a clog after you have run the disposal.