Are you a homeowner who wants to learn about maintaining your plumbing system? If so, it’s important that you learn how to do so effectively without trying things that may damage your system or pipes or otherwise waste your money. Here are five myths about home plumbing you’ll want to avoid.
Myth: You Can Use Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal
While a running a lemon rind through the disposal may make your drain smell a little bit better, it won’t actually get it clean — you’ll literally be wasting money on lemons by attempting this. To properly disinfect your garbage disposal, you will need to use a cleaning solution that includes at least a mild soap and warm water. Before you attempt to use it, however, make sure you disconnect the disposal from its power source. This is important, as you definitely don’t want any accidents happening while your hand is inside the disposal! Spray the cleaning solution into the disposal, wait a few minutes so it has time to work, and then use a cleaning brush to scrub the inside of the disposal itself. There are even disposal-specific cleaning products you can find at the store to help you do an even better job with this. Remember to never pour caustic chemicals such as bleach, drain cleaners, or other chemicals into the garbage disposal as they can erode the unit.
On a related note, similar myths about ice helping to “sharpen the blades” don’t hold true either. Disposals don’t even have blades — they have impellers (and those aren’t even “sharp” anyways!).
Myth: Running Water While Using The Garbage Disposal Helps The Waste Travel Smoothly
Many homeowners believe that they can put almost anything down their garbage disposals as long as they run the water. The truth, however, is that some things do not belong in a garbage disposal no matter how much water you run. Hard or thick food items, such as banana peel and eggshells, can actually damage your disposal, which may require an expensive repair or drain cleaning. If you’re considering putting thick foods down your disposal, you’ll need to break them up thoroughly and mix them with water beforehand to soften them up if possible.
Myth: As Long As Things Keep Going Down The Drain, It Isn’t Getting Clogged
Even when your garbage disposal is operating, it may still be at risk of a serious clog. One of the early warning signs of an impending problem is a slow moving disposal, or waste fragments that remain on the discharge pipe. If you notice either of these signs when you use your disposal, it’s developing a clog. Even though it may seem like it is still working, stop using it right away until you have the clog removed to prevent any damage to your unit.
Myth: You Can Clean Plumbing Fixtures With Hand Soap
Depending on the type of plumbing fixtures you have, hand soap may actually be damaging to the fixture’s surface. Brass plumbing fixtures, for example, should be cleaned with gentle solutions such as cut lemons and baking soda. Toilet bowls, however, need to be cleaned with an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection. Using proper cleaners that are formulated to rinse clean can also help get rid of unwanted and unsightly water spots that normal soapy water might leave behind.
Myth: Plumbing Require Little To No Maintenance
This is one of the most expensive home plumbing myths of all, because homeowners who believe it may run into some serious issues later on. Pipes may be obstructed by clogs, wayward tree roots, or shifting home foundations. Homeowners should also inspect their sewer cleanouts for obstructions, and property managers need to check their drainage lines and lift stations. All of these issues may lead to expensive plumbing repair, such as unclogging sewer lines, repiping your home (or at least your kitchen), or lift station motor repair. The fixtures inside the home such as sinks, faucets, and tubs also need regular maintenance to avoid serious drain clogs.
If you need help with maintaining the plumbing system in your home, eliminate the dangerous guesswork and call the Cape Coral plumbing professionals at Avis Plumbing today. Our licensed and insured technicians are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days week. You can reach Avis Plumbing at (239) 542-4421.