Five Plumbing Myths Debunked
May 17, 2023
When it comes to plumbing, there are a lot of misconceptions out there, some of which can be very costly. To ensure your systems stay up and running and to prevent costly repairs, the pros at Yes! are debunking some of the biggest plumbing myths.
Myth #1: It’s Okay to Flush ‘Flushable’ Wipes Down the Toilet
While flushable wipes are marketed as biodegradable, they still have the potential to clog your pipes and cause permanent damage to your plumbing system. It’s best to avoid flushing wipes or sanitary napkins to prevent costly issues in the future.
Myth #2: Eggshells and Ice Cubes Will Sharpen Your Garbage Disposal Blades
Much to the dismay of professional plumbers, many homeowners believe that eggshells and ice cubes can be used to sharpen the blades of the garbage disposal. In reality, eggshells are actually known to get jammed in the blades, causing them to slow down or shut off completely. Ice can also be too harsh, causing the blades to erode quicker over time.
Myth #3: Fluctuating Water Pressure is No Big Deal
The water pressure in your home should remain stable over time. If you notice that your faucet or shower becomes stronger or weaker, it could be a sign that there is an issue with your pipes. Don’t ignore it, fluctuating water pressure should be investigated and corrected by an expert as soon as possible!
Myth #4: In-Tank Cleaners Will Keep Your Toilet Fresh and Clean
While in-tank bleaches and cleaners are great for eliminating odors, they are unable to fully deep clean the toilet. Over time, residue buildup can occur which will cause damage to your plumbing system. It’s important to address the underlying issue by having your toilet professionally cleaned on a yearly basis.
Myth #5: You Only Need to Call a Plumber for Major Issues
While it’s always recommended to have your trusted plumber on speed dial in the case of an emergency, this shouldn’t be the only time you’re giving them a call! It’s important to schedule annual plumbing inspections and cleanings to prevent costly problems in the future.
Last Updated: May 25, 2023