Plumbing Myths

10 Sep. 21

5 Plumbing Myths Debunked

We live in an era where information is available at the tip of our fingers. Online tutorials are available everywhere on the internet. While this offers assistance to many DIYers, not all information found on the internet is true or accurate. To correct any misinformation about the plumbing industry, here are the top 5 plumbing myths debunked. 

  • Citrus like lemons can help clean your disposal

Many people believe that adding lemon or other citrus peelings down the garbage disposal have helped it smell fresher and prevent clogging. While this practice can help lessen the smell, the oils produced from the fruit peelings can actually corrode and dull the metal components of your disposal, which can increase the likelihood of it clogging. 

  • Drop-in tank tablets will keep your toilet clean and fresh

This toilet hack has gained a significant following on the internet, however this is too good to be true. You may find these cleaning tablets effective for a couple of weeks, but before you know it, you are already faced with costly plumbing problems. Drop-in tank cleaning tablets may clean the external part of your toilet; however, it can also promote corrosion to your plumbing system. Worse is, most toilet manufacturers do not provide warranty to the damage caused by in-tank cleaners. 

  • Running water will help in smooth garbage disposal

It is true that running water can help move your garbage disposal down. However, there are some things that your disposal cannot handle regardless of the amount of water you add on it. Some of the garbage that you should not put on your disposal are the following:

  • eggshells
  • bones
  • grease
  • fruit peelings
  • nonfood products
  • Dripping faucet is nothing to be worried about

Most people may consider dripping faucets as a minor, annoying inconvenience. While dripping faucets may be written off by many as an annoyance, it is actually costing those same people more every month in their water bills. For example, if your faucet is leaking at the rate of one drop per second, that would equate to around 3,000 gallons of water wasted per year. Now imagine having to pay for that yearly expense! If you notice a leaky faucet, it is best to get it repaired quickly, as it will save you money in the long run. 

  • All plumbers are the same

Every professional plumber is unique. Aside from the basic plumbing skills, they have their own unique skills that sets them apart from others. Some have mastered installing a garbage disposal while others are more knowledgeable in other plumbing skills. This is why it is important to hire the right plumber for your particular job. 

There are many areas involved in your property’s plumbing system. Attempting to fix plumbing issues with little knowledge may only cause further damage and an even more costly repair. For plumbing repairs and assistance, call Woodbridge Plumbing for help. We are a team of expert and licensed plumbers in Virginia with a wide range of skills. Additionally, we can provide quick and reliable repairs for emergency plumbing issues.