Busting common plumbing myths

06/26/2012

There are some common plumbing myths that we simply accept as fact simply because they have been repeated to us so many times that we take them as gospel. Unfortunately, if you do believe these common myths and you “live and die” by them, you may actually be damaging your plumbing and your plumbing fixtures. Let’s take a look at some of the “accepted” myths that can cause more harm than they do good.

Lemon in your disposal – We’ve all heard that tossing a whole lemon down the garbage disposal will keep it from smelling bad. While this is true, this practice could create plumbing problems. Lemon is stringy and it’s also highly acidic. The stringy substance could cause clogs and the acid could corrode your pipes.

Set it and forget it cleaners – Those toilet bowl cleaners that promise to keep your bowl clean by just flushing may not be doing what you think.   Don’t forget that in order to be effective without you doing any work, they are depending on harsh chemicals. A cup of vinegar in your tank every week will help keep buildup from developing and scrubbing the bowl once a week will do a far better job without damage.

Fixtures are indestructible – Probably not so much.  Toothpaste, soap scum and harsh cleaners as well as hard water can make a mess out of your bathroom fixtures (kitchen ones too!).  After brushing your teeth and using mouthwash, make sure that you wipe any residue from your fixtures. This will help prevent pitting which is not only unsightly but causes long-term damage.

Any plumber can do the work – Not so fast…..Before you hire a plumber, make sure that you find someone who is fully-licensed and carries insurance.  Licensing, insurance and experience are all necessary to hiring the right plumbing professional.

Don’t run the risk of damaging your plumbing simply because you fall for these popular myths. If you have an emergency plumbing problem, or you need routine plumbing done, make sure that you contact a licensed California plumber.

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