This article is here to burst your bubble about the world of plumbing, and there are many things you are doing that are counterintuitive. The thing about plumbing is that everyone thinks it’s a simple job, granted something you can DIY yourself, but the more complicated things should be left to the professional if you ask my humble opinion.
Plumbing isn’t something that most of us have much knowledge of, and we should leave it to the professional rather than believing everything we see on the internet. This line is blurred when you start adding myth into the mix. So without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and bust some of the common misconceptions and myths about plumbing.
Myth 1- You can flush items that say they are flushable
Well, you can, but you aren’t recommended to do this as they will just contaminate the water source and even cause blockage. Most household pipes weren’t meant to accommodate tissue paper or human waste, and over time the former can leave residue on the walls of the pipes. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should necessarily do it, and this is especially the case with flushable packages.
You can just dispose of these items in a trash can as this is better for the health of your plumbing system and will save you money in the future. If you flush those flushable packages, over time, they will cause blockage in your pipes and will cause a messy backup which you won’t want to deal with.
Myth 2- Leaky faucets aren’t a big deal
This is one of the biggest misconceptions out there, and your utility bills will rack up if you leave leaky faucets unattended. This isn’t only bad for your pocket but also our planet as you are wasting our freshwater supply. Because faucets are things we use a couple of times throughout the day, the face the wear and tear and leaks are completely natural.
A leaky faucet never seems like a huge deal right away, but over time this can worsen if you don’t fix it. One way to avoid or at least delay leaky faucets is not to turn the handles too tightly. Even though this might seem like the thing to do, you are doing the opposite and worsening the state of the interior mechanism. So, don’t tighten it too much when you are using your faucet.
Myth 3- Lemon can clean your garbage disposal
Lemons are known to have a natural cleaning attribute and are often used in DIY and organic cleaning products. However, they aren’t a magical fix-all, and it has their limits. No jamming lemon’s down your drain won’t necessarily fix the smell issue. Though it can be used to make your kitchen smell nice and clean, it might have the opposite effect on your garbage disposal.
Jamming lemons down your garbage disposal might damage the blades and worsen the smell situation in the long run. The peel can get stuck in them, and they will dull the blades over time. To clear out the smell and clean your garbage disposal, you can use vinegar instead. Just pour it down there and let the hot water flow; this should do the job.
Not everything you read and see on the internet is real and factual. The internet is a hellscape at times, and people put all types of bogus information about plumbing out there and make it sound like facts when they are completely and utterly unfounded. Be critical with what you see on the internet because a lot of things out there are fake and only there for clickbait.
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