Common Plumbing Myths Debunked
Over time, and as plumbing systems have evolved, information has been spread that isn’t totally true. In fact, there are many “facts” that are just downright wrong and are actually making your plumbing system work less efficiently.
Here are some common misconceptions that should be disregarded moving forward.
Myth 1: It’s Safe to Use Common Drain Cleaners
Most store-bought drain cleaners should be avoided at all costs. These drain cleaners can speed up corrosion on your plumbing pipes and even damage a septic tank. When you encounter a drain clog in your home, a better DIY option is combining baking soda and vinegar in the drain, which usually helps light blockages.
If you do need to get more aggressive, opt for a natural alternative or our bio enzyme-based cleaner. These are best used regularly for maintenance, and help preserve your home’s plumbing in the long run. Our Drain Experts can provide you with the bio enzyme that we use for our very own customers, as well as recommendations for the most effective use.
For tough clogs, skip the drain cleaner, and call a licensed pro (we highly recommend the 5 Star Service at Plumbing & A/C Medic ;)).
Myth 2: Flushable Wipes Break Down Easily
We regret to inform you that flushable wipes aren’t really flushable. Even though they may say that they are safe for sewer and septic applications, these products often don’t live up to that designation. They may flush – out of sight, out of mind – but they don’t go very far. These ‘flushable’ wipes are often responsible for major clogs farther down the line.
If you still want to use them, dispose of them in the trash instead. This will help save your plumbing and prevent a potential clog.
Myth 3: Ice Can Help Your Garbage Disposal
There’s a popular myth on the market that putting ice in your garbage disposal can help sharpen the blades when you run it. Busted. — Disposals don’t use sharp blades to do their job, but rather features called impellers.
The garbage disposal uses centrifugal force to send debris to the outer edges, where the impeller edges grind it up. This is really more of a result of force than sharp edges. If an impeller isn’t breaking anything down, then it’s best to have a professional plumber inspect the real issue.
Note: Ice cubes are not bad for your disposal, they just won’t sharpen blades…any blades. However, you can use them to help clean your disposal. The cubes will knock debris off the insides to be rinsed away. BONUS TIP: Consider adding citrus to your cubes for a burst of fresh scent and extra cleaning power!
Myth 4: In-tank Toilet Bowl Cleaners Are Safe
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.
They can also lead to corrosion in your pipes, causing leaks and a whole host of other problems.
Myth 5: Garbage Disposals Can Handle Just About Anything
Your garbage disposal isn’t meant to break down everything that’s edible. stringy fibrous foods like fruits and vegetables can easily clog your garbage disposal. Non-food items, such as glass, metal, and plastic, are a strict NO.
Stick to soft, organic matter in your garbage disposal and make sure to clean it often in order to prevent clogs.
Myth 6: 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.
To know for sure, you can see how much water fills up your tub, then compare it with how many gallons of water are used when you take a shower. Just multiply the GPM by the time you usually take to shower
If you’re into water conservation (or just like to keep more of your hard-earned dollars), consider making a smart investment in any of these:
- Shower timer
- Tankless water heater
- Water pressure regulator
- Low-flow fixtures and toilets
No Myths, Just 5-Star Service
At Plumbing & A/C Medic, we have a team of highly trained, professional tradesmen who care about the community they serve. Call us today at 602-878-9314 to learn more about how we can help you manage your home plumbing.