Whether we are talking about your toilets or your garbage disposal, there are some myths we need to get straight when it comes to plumbing. This could be the difference between properly working appliances, and costly maintenance to fix your mistakes.
- Garbage disposals Can Handle It All – Can you put anything and everything down the garbage disposal? This might seem like a convenient way to avoid less food waste in your trash can, but there really is a limit to what can and can’t enter the garbage disposal! Avoid things with a stringy texture (pasta, certain vegetables, etc.), as well as grease and any non-food items. Instead of using lemon peels as a way to freshen up the odor coming from the disposal, use vinegar. Liquids are always a safe bet, and will keep your blades from getting caught or clogged.
- Fixing a Leaky Faucet Isn’t a Big Deal– WRONG. That small, quiet drip you notice coming from your faucet may not seem like an emergency fix, but it’s definitely doing more harm than good. Not only it is wasteful and costing you more on your monthly water bill, but it’s also not good for your plumbing fixtures. Long stents of dripping can cause these fixtures to fall apart, which would be much costlier than just calling the plumber to come fix it.
- It’s okay To Flush “Flushable” Wipes Down the Toilet—Even the most flushable of wipes can clog the pipes in your home causing monumental issues that require immediate attention. Also, if your home has a septic tank, these wipes take up space, which will then require the tank to be pumped out. Save yourself the hassle, and never flush anything but human waste and toilet paper.
- Calling a Plumber Isn’t Necessary Unless a Problem Occurs—This may seem a little confusing, but it’s crucial to have your plumbing checked regularly to ensure everything is in working order. Over time, build up happens in your homes pipes, which causes expensive fixes for the future. Yearly inspections and cleanings are overall good for your home, and your wallet!