Popular Plumbing Myths Debunked
Modern plumbing systems are relatively complex, and this means that there are quite a few pervasive myths that tend to be taken as fact by many families.
Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake in some situations and could lead to major repairs in the future.
Everyone should understand some of these common plumbing myths as well as signs that it may be time to contact a professional when damage has taken place.
The Plumbing Is Working as Long as Water Drains
A home's plumbing tends to be one of those systems that a family does not think about until very obvious problems occur. Many believe that their plumbing is perfectly fine as long as the water continues to drain.
There are a wide variety of unseen problems that may be taking place with your plumbing system without you realizing it until it is too late.
This is why every family should not only know some of the less obvious signs that their plumbing is damaged, but also what they can do to keep it running as smoothly as possible.
Citrus Fruits Clean Garbage Disposals
One of the most common myths involving plumbing systems is that citrus fruits and citrus fruit rinds can clean and freshen up drains and garbage disposals. Families have been putting citrus fruit down their kitchen sinks for years in order to improve their smell and break clogs apart, but they could actually be damaging their garbage disposal.
Citrus fruit liquids are notoriously acidic and could corrode metal components inside of the disposal. Instead, you can try using mild cleaning solutions such as a blend of warm water and soap or warm water and vinegar.
Regular Clogs Are Normal
A family can become so used to clogged drains that they feel like it is a simple fact of life, but this can be a costly mistake.
A very rare clog may not be a problem, but anyone that finds themselves with weekly clogged drains or multiple drains clogged at once should immediately contact the plumber.
This often means that there is damage to the system or that there is a clog farther down in the plumbing. Unlike clogs near the sink or shower, these clogs require specialized equipment to fix and will not respond to over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners.
Don't let the myths get to you in your Soquel home. Call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 477-7150 today, and overcome these plumbing myths!