5 Facts You Should Know About Your Plumbing System

May 11, 2023

When it comes to your plumbing system, you’ve probably heard some unusual tips and tricks. We like to call these plumbing myths, usually told my non-professionals, and they could actually be hurting your plumbing system. Don’t fall victim to the myths! Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to educate you on your plumbing system and debunk the common myths. Here are 5 myths vs. facts you should know about your plumbing system:

Myth #1. Lemons Clean My Garbage Disposal, Right? No!

Throwing a slice of lemon down your garbage disposal will temporarily make your drain smell a little better, but it will not actually clean your drain. The citrus fruit will not disinfect your garbage disposal like a cleaning solution can. In fact, lemon slices could actually lead to clogging your drain. Call your plumbing professional if you’re experiencing problems with your disposal.

Myth #2. Running Hot Water While Using My Garbage Disposal Will Help Waste Travel Smoothly, Right? No!

No matter how much water you use to flush down heavy waste, some things are just not meant to go down the drain. Hard, thick, sticky, or greasy food items can clog your drain and eventually could damage your garbage disposal. Hot water will not melt down the grease that is sticking to the inside of your pipes. Actually, once the water cools it can cause the grease to further harden and create an even thicker coating that can cause long-term piping problems. Make sure to wipe away all grease lingering on pots and pans before washing them in your kitchen sink. As a general rule of thumb, use cold water and, if in doubt, don’t put it down the drain.

Myth #3. As Long As Things Keep Going Down My Drain, It Isn’t Clogged, Right? No!

Even if your drain is still working, a slow-moving disposal is the first sign that your sink may be at risk of a serious clog. You shouldn’t continue using your drain if you notice that it is working slower than usual, or if water continues to back up in the sink. Call your plumbing professional to inspect your drain before the slow disposal gets worse.

Myth #4. Can I Use Hand Soap To Clean My Plumbing Fixtures? No!

Hand soap will not effectively disinfect toilet bowls or plumbing fixtures. In some cases, hand soap may actually damage the surface of pipes depending on the type of metal. If you’re not sure of the best way to clean your plumbing system, call a professional for advice or a second opinion.

Myth #5. Isn’t It Normal For Faucets To Drip? No!

Don’t ignore the little drips continuously falling out of your faucet. A leaky faucet is a sign that there may be an underlying problem. These little drips can waste water and add up to a larger cost on your next water bill.

Don’t believe the myths that are out there. Only your plumbing professional knows the real tips to maintaining an efficient, clog-free plumbing system. If you have questions, would like more information on these tips, or live in the Las Vegas area and would like to schedule an appointment to get your plumbing system inspected, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 844-216-9300 or visit us online at https://www.theyesmancan.com.

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Last Updated: October 11, 2023