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Common plumbing myths explained and debunked

There are some common myths that home and business owners have come to believe when it comes to their plumbing system. Just like any myth or “common knowledge” saying there might be little to no truth behind the saying. Below are some of the common items that people believe that may not be true, or even worse could lead to an incorrect action being taken when it comes to plumbing.

Plumbing myths, the misinformation and our opinion on the matter.

  • Grinding lemons in your garbage disposal will freshen and clean your disposal. The fact of the matter is that any food going down your garbage disposal is not a great thing. Yes, a freshly ground lemon will smell fresh until you run water down your sink. But the citric acid is not good for the metal in your garbage disposal. A much better solution is to use ice cubes with a little salt. This will somewhat sharpen your blades as well as remove food particles, thus effectively cleaning your disposal. We would not recommend using lemons even to provide a fresh scent in your disposal.
  • It is normal for a faucet to drip. All water that enters your home is under pressure. Although a small drip may seem like an annoyance that can easily be ignored, over time a small leak can have large impacts on the environment and your wallet. It is generally accepted by plumbers that even a small leak can add around $300 to your water bill over the span of a year. Some basic leaks are an easy fix and are just a matter of tightening a washer on your tap. If the problem persists it is a great idea to call a plumber right away.
  • If water goes down the drain you do not have a clog. Just because water will drain it does not mean that your pipes are free of debris. As water drains you should be aware of any slow draining or foul odors being emitted from the drains. This is usually a sign that your pipes have a blockage that should be addressed by a local drain cleaning company right away.

When in doubt, speak with a professional.

If you are paying for a plumber to come to your home or business you might as well get everything you can out of the visit. Our technicians have been trained to provide as much helpful knowledge to our customers as possible. Make sure you are asking the basic questions like, “what caused my plumbing issue?” And “what can I do to avoid similar problems in the future?” The more you know the better you are suited to maintain your piping system in the future. Please call us at 801-601-1298 with any questions or concerns.

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