What You Thought You Knew, Busted
Your plumbing is a complicated system, which means many people don’t understand what is good or bad for their pipes. Read on for some of the most common plumbing myths we’ve encountered:
Ice cubes are bad for your garbage disposal.
Actually, putting ice cubes through your garbage disposal every once in awhile is good for it – the ice sharpens the blades.
A brick in your toilet water tank helps you save water.
At one point, it was said that putting a brick in the back of your toilet tank would help you reduce you water use, but that brick can actually damage your toilet’s flushing mechanisms. Also, over time, it could start to disintegrate and clog your pipes.
Chemical drain cleaners are best for clogs.
Because of the chemicals in drain cleaners, it’s better to use a natural remedy like baking soda and vinegar or plain old hot water. Chemicals can corrode your pipes and cause damage to them over time.
Lemons make the garbage disposal smell nice.
Yes, if you grind up lemons in your garbage disposal, it will smell nice for a moment. However, the acid from the lemons can actually corrode your disposal blades, so it’s better not to.
It’s okay to put all waste down the drain.
Definitely false. Things like fats (cooking oil, butter, dairy, etc.), swelling items (pasta, flour, rice, etc.), and fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, onion skins, etc.) shouldn’t be put down the drain. They can cause pipe blockages, which can lead to more serious situations.
It’s normal for a faucet to drip.
Faucets are designed to seal out water until you need it, so if your faucet’s dripping, you may want to look into the problem or call a plumbing service expert. Even a small drip can waste gallons of water.