Blog The Top Plumbing Myths Debunked by A-Team Plumbing Experts Apr 14, 2024

As experts in the plumbing industry, the team at A-Team Plumbing Services, Inc. has heard its fair share of plumbing myths over the years. In order to set the record straight and help our customers make informed decisions about their plumbing systems, we have compiled a list of the top plumbing myths that we frequently encounter and debunk them one by one.

Myth #1: Putting a lemon in your garbage disposal will clean it

One of the most common myths about garbage disposals is that putting a lemon or lemon peel down the disposal will clean it and make it smell fresh. While the citric acid in lemons can help to mask odors temporarily, it will not clean or sanitize the disposal. To keep your garbage disposal clean, it is important to regularly clean it with a mixture of ice cubes and salt or use a commercial garbage disposal cleaner.

Myth #2: You can use a brick in your toilet tank to save water

Some people believe that placing a brick or other object in the toilet tank will displace water and reduce the amount of water used with each flush. However, this is not a recommended practice as it can cause damage to the internal components of the toilet over time. To save water, consider installing a low-flow toilet or a dual flush toilet, which are designed to use less water per flush.

Myth #3: It is safe to pour grease down the drain if you run hot water

While it may seem convenient to pour grease down the drain and run hot water to wash it away, this can lead to costly plumbing problems. Over time, grease can congeal and solidify in the pipes, causing clogs and blockages. To prevent this issue, it is best to let grease cool and solidify in a container before disposing of it in the trash.

Myth #4: If your water heater is leaking, it is time to replace it

A leaking water heater can be a cause for concern, but it does not always mean that the unit needs to be replaced. In many cases, a leaking water heater can be repaired by replacing a faulty valve or gasket. It is important to have a professional plumber assess the situation to determine the best course of action.

Myth #5: You can use store-bought drain cleaners to unclog any drain

While store-bought drain cleaners can be effective at clearing minor clogs, they can also cause damage to your pipes over time. The harsh chemicals in these products can corrode the pipes and lead to more serious plumbing issues. For stubborn clogs, it is best to call a professional plumber who can safely and effectively remove the blockage.

By debunking these common plumbing myths, the team at A-Team Plumbing Services, Inc. hopes to help our customers better understand how to properly care for their plumbing systems. If you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing, don't hesitate to reach out to us for expert advice and service.

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