One of the most important systems running every day in your house is your plumbing.
That’s right, the system of pipes and drains that keeps clean water flowing through and waste moving out is probably one of the most complex, but ancient, inventions around.
Still, even with that kind of history, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about plumbing. So let’s debunk the nine most common myths that are out there about your home’s plumbing system.
This should not only give you an insight into what you can do to prevent problems but also can help you spot or stop them before they even begin.
9. All foods go in the garbage disposal
There is a popular idea out there that anything and everything can go down your garbage disposal. Actually, you would be advised not to put chicken bones, coffee grinds, pasta and soft foods, grease, or oil down the disposal – all of them can clog it up and destroy it over time, leading to costly repairs and headaches on your part.
8. Citrus fruits are great cleaning agents
Any kind of citrus fruit has a level of acidity that will damage your plumbing system. It might smell good, but it is not a good idea.
7. Occasional low water pressure is normal
Any well-functioning plumbing system will operate without a hitch. If there is any loss of pressure, there could be a leak in your system.
6. You don’t need to check your plumbing unless there are issues
Like everything else out there, your house’s plumbing system requires regular and routine maintenance.
5. Chemical drain cleaners work miracles
You should leave any kind of chemical drain cleaning system up to the professionals. We know that there are a lot of “solutions” out there, but you’re best sticking with people who know what they are doing, not a label on a bottle.
4. In-tank toilet cleaners are all you need
This is not the case – you also need to clean your toilet with other methods from time to time such as with cleaners and a brush.
3. It is difficult to prevent clogs
Apart from being a silly idea, preventing clogs is as easy as taking preventative actions and eliminating habits that lead to them. There’s really nothing more to it.
2. Plumbing is a do-it-yourself skill
Not only is this woefully untrue but it could end up costing you a fortune. Don’t leave serious problems up to your on-the-job learning abilities.
1. All plumbers are the same
Nope – some are better than others and you should find out who is the best in your area and settle for nothing less. Use the Internet, ask friends, and even check-in with professional associations to see which plumber is the best for the job.
Understand these 9 plumbing myths and make the necessary adjustments to take better care of your plumbing system.