plumbing mythsPlumbing myths have been around as long as the first indoor plumbing systems. Somehow rumors spread about a way homeowners can save money on their plumbing system, and suddenly everyone assumes it’s the truth. In reality, these plumbing myths can cause considerable damage to your system.

Myth: Don’t Worry About Leaky Faucets

You look at a leaky faucet and see only a couple drops a minute. You assume that everything’s OK and that the problem can wait. What you don’t realize is how much water you’re wasting with that leak. A leak dripping once a second wastes nearly nine gallons a day. In addition, the drips cause the faucet to wear out faster than anticipated, necessitating the need for a replacement.

Myth: Exploding Water Heaters

A properly working water heater should make little to no noise, so if it rumbles or bangs during operation, some may assume that it’s exploding. What those sounds really mean is that the heating element in the water heater is dirty. An experienced plumber can eliminate most of the sediment issues with regular drainage of the water heater.

Myth: Lemon Peels Clean a Garbage Disposal

Lemon peels may help to freshen the smell of your garbage disposal, but they’re too thick for most units, leading to clogs or a burnt-out unit. A better solution is to use white vinegar to improve the smell. For cleaning, use egg shells. In extreme cases, use ice cubes since they’re abrasive but easy to break down.

Myth: It’s Okay to Flush Flushable Wipes

Despite the name, flushable wipes are anything but. They don’t dissolve in water the same way toilet paper does, which means they cause clogs deep in the drainage system. Continued flushing of the wipes may cause the entire system to stop up.

Believing these common plumbing myths may lead to expensive service calls. To address plumbing issues in your Sarasota home, contact Custom Air & Plumbing.

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