Popular Plumbing Myths Debunked
Put lemons in your disposal to make it smell good. You can clean bathroom fixtures with hand soap. Pipes don’t need to be cleaned because they have water running through them.
Do any of these statements sound familiar? These are some of the biggest urban legends in plumbing and they could be costing you serious money in the form of replacements and repairs down the line.
Keep reading to find out why all of this advice is wrong and what you can do to keep your home’s plumbing in top shape.
When Life Gives You Lemons
It’s an old adage that putting lemons into a garbage disposer is a good way to get it smelling good. While this is only partially true, since the lemon scent isn’t going anywhere, this is actually a horrible idea. Lemons contain citric acid that corrodes metals without mercy.
If you keep putting lemons into your disposer on purpose, you will erode the blades over time, necessitating a replacement. Instead, toss some ice cubes in your disposer to clean the blades. It has the same effect as a rock tumbler and will polish the blades.
Soap is for Skin Only
Most people believe that bathroom fixtures don’t need any special attention because they are made for bathrooms in the first place, but this is just plain wrong. This is because cheaper soaps have a low pH, meaning they contain more acid.
This makes them capable of corroding even stainless steel, and manufacturers will not replace a bathroom fixture in this case. They view it as neglect on the part of the owner. The simplest thing to do is just grab a clean cloth and wipe off your bathroom fixtures after use.
Even Super Mario Knows This One
If water is running through a pipe, then that means it’s clean, right? Wrong. Pipes need to be cleaned on occasion to remove sediment from that same water, as well as any foreign matter that hasn’t gone all the way through your pipes.
If your pipes curve anywhere, and they almost certainly do, debris can collect in the pipe’s elbow and clog the pipe over time.
This is usually due to hair, solidified fat and grease, tree roots that have worked their way into a crack in the pipe or foreign objects dropped down a drain. If this happens, you may need to call in a professional for assistance.