Rumor has it that there are a few tricks and tips out there that could save you time, money and energy on taking care of your plumbing. But just like all urban legends, it’s important that you take everything you hear with a grain of salt. What you may think is a money-saving life hack could actually turn out to harm your home’s plumbing system.
That’s why we’ve taken time to debunk some of the most common myths about your home’s plumbing system. So before you try that new DIY tip you heard, be sure to check below and see if it’s really worth your time.
1. Putting a Brick in the Back of Your Toilet Tank Can Save Water
While this is technically true, putting a brick in the tank of toilet is a terrible idea. Over time, the brick will start to deteriorate, causing serious problems for your toilet. In the long run, you will end up wasting water when the dissolved brick damages your toilet.
2. Lemon Peels Can Help Clean Your Disposal
Lemon peels can help make your disposal smell better, but they will not clean your disposal. In fact, lemon peels can actually harm your disposal blades if they are not sharp enough. To clean your disposal, run hot, soapy water down the drain while running the disposal.
3. Plumbing Fixtures Require No Maintenance
Just like all of your home’s equipment, plumbing fixtures need regular maintenance. This helps keep your fixtures free of issues and catches small problems before they turn into big headaches.
4. Flushable Wipes Are Fine to Go Down the Toilet
While many brands of wipes advertise that they are toilet friendly, this is not always the case. Flushable wipes do not biodegrade the same as toilet paper and can cause issues with your home’s plumbing system.
5. Ice Cubes or Eggshells Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades
Nothing you put down your disposal will help sharpen the blades. However, both ice cubes and eggshells can help keep your blades clean and clear of gunk. This can help your disposal run more smoothly and efficiently.
Don’t Be Fooled By Plumbing Myths
If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing, call Climate Design today! Our team can help you with anything from plumbing maintenance to big repairs. Just give us a call today or go online to schedule your appointment.