Plumbing fixtures, just like anything else, require maintenance and upkeep to maintain functionality. However, there are four plumbing maintenance myths and old-wive’s-tales that we’d like to dispell. The four myths are:
- If your drain clears, then it can’t have a clog
- Lemons are all you need to clean a garbage disposal
- Running hot water down the disposal while it’s running clears clogs
- Hand soap works to clean plumbing fixtures
Myth #1 – If Your Drain Clears, then it Can’t Have a Clog
This is probably the most prevalent myth on our list, and it makes sense as to why that is. It makes complete sense that if your drain, well, drains that it doesn’t have a clog. However, that is simply not true. Just because your drain clears doesn’t mean that you don’t have a clog or obstruction. Unfortunately, the only way to be entirely sure you’re free of drain clogs is with a drain camera inspection from our team of professional plumbers.
Myth #2 – Lemons Are All You Need to Clean a Garbage Disposal
While running lemon skins or the lemons themselves through your disposal will make it smell nice, it won’t do anything to disinfect or clean it. To properly clean and disinfect your garbage disposal, turn off the power to the unit, and use a gentle cleanser and a brush. If you want the fresh smell, you can always run cut up lemons through after you’re done cleaning the disposal properly.
Myth #3 – Pouring Hot Water Down the Disposal While It’s Running Clears Clogs
We’re not sure where this one got its start, but it is definitely a prevalent myth in the plumbing community. In short, running hot water down the disposal while it’s running won’t do anything to clear a clog. Sure, it may help the disposal drain a little faster. Still, it won’t dislodge serious clogs or obstructions from your disposal drain.
The best way to handle disposal clogs is to prevent them from happening in the first place. To help keep your disposal spinning as it should, avoid putting any of the following items down the drain:
- Root vegetables, celery, and other fibrous fruits and veggies
- Coffee grounds
- Fruit pies (or any cake)
- Grease and fat
- Potato peels
Myth #4 – Hand Soap Works to Clean Plumbing Fixtures
Hand soap is not made for plumbing fixtures. It’s made for, well, your hands. Hand soap is designed to clean skin, not brass, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, or any other material wee commonly use to make plumbing fixtures. However, for some reason, people still feel that they can clean their appliances with the same gentle soap they use to wash their hands and face. In short, never use hand soap for anything other than your hands and face. In fact, hand soap can damage brass faucets and fixtures!
Plumbing Maintenance Myths – Conclusions
Well, there you have it: four different plumbing maintenance myths to avoid like the bubonic plague. However, if you need help with any plumbing problem, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of Marti’s Plumbing Service contractors is always standing by to help you with all your plumbing problems, big and small.