Plumbing Myths That Every Plumber Wants You to Stop Doing

Plumbing Myths That Should Not Be Ignored

Those of us who are fortunate would not have access to clean drinking water, showers, toilets, laundry facilities, and other amenities that make our lives easier without proper plumbing. What would we do if we didn’t have everything? Plumbing has become somewhat of an afterthought because we have all grown accustomed to it being a necessary part of our home. Unfortunately, if not addressed properly, a single plumbing problem can damage the very foundation of our home. Many homeowners take plumbing issues into their own hands in this day and age, with little knowledge of the random things that can and do go wrong. It is best to hire a plumber. Consider these plumbing myths before acting and potentially exacerbating the situation.

Myth #1: Pouring hot grease down the kitchen sink is tolerable.

Those who have a habit of pouring grease down the drain should not be surprised if their kitchen sink becomes clogged in the future. No matter how hot the grease is, once inside the drain pipes, it will cool quickly and, worse, stick to the insides of the pipes and harden there. The gradual accumulation will eventually lead to a nasty clog.

Myth #2: It’s not a big deal if your faucet drips slowly.

Any dripping plumbing fixture is a major issue because you are wasting water and increasing your water bill. A drop of water leaking from a closed faucet every second may not seem like much, but it adds up to over 3,000 gallons of water wasted per year. If millions of homes have dripping faucets, billions of gallons of water are wasted. We cannot dismiss a leaky faucet as a minor annoyance in a world where some regions do not even have a consistent supply of clean water.

Myth #3: Lemons are useful for cleaning the disposal.

No doubt dumping lemons down the garbage disposal improve the smell. However, that is about all the good they can do. Many people are unaware that lemons contain citric acid, which can corrode the metal parts of a garbage disposal. If you want a natural cleaner for your garbage disposal, we recommend ice, which is effective at scraping but easily degrades.

If you need a reputable plumber that can help you with your plumbing problems on your property in College Park, MD, be sure to call Joseph Plumbing & Drain Cleaning LLC at (240) 359-0254 today!

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