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Busting Myths About Plumbing: What Works and What Doesn't

Busting Plumbing Myths

12 March, 2024

When it comes to plumbing, there are many myths and misconceptions that can lead homeowners astray. Some of these myths can even cause more harm than good to your plumbing system. In this blog post, the experts at Panther Plumbing Group separate fact from fiction and bust some of the most common plumbing myths to help you make informed decisions about your home's plumbing.

Myth 1: Lemons can clean your garbage disposal

Truth: While lemons can temporarily freshen the smell of your garbage disposal, they do not effectively clean the unit. The citric acid in lemons is not strong enough to break down the grease and grime that accumulates in your disposal. Instead, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean and deodourise your garbage disposal.

Myth 2: Flushable wipes are safe for your plumbing

Truth: Despite being labeled as "flushable," many wet wipes do not break down quickly enough in your plumbing system. This can lead to clogs, backups, and even damage to your pipes. To protect your plumbing, dispose of wet wipes in the trash instead of flushing them.

Myth 3: A brick in the toilet tank saves water

Truth: Placing a brick in your toilet tank may seem like a simple way to reduce water usage, but it can actually cause more problems than it solves. As the brick deteriorates over time, it can release debris that clogs your toilet's flush holes, leading to poor flushing performance and potential leaks. Instead, consider installing a low-flow or dual-flush toilet to conserve water effectively.

Myth 4: Running water while using the garbage disposal helps it work better

Truth: Running water while using your garbage disposal is essential, but not for the reason you might think. The water helps to flush away the ground-up waste, preventing clogs and ensuring that the disposal remains clean. However, running water does not improve the disposal's grinding capabilities. Always run cold water while using the disposal and for a few seconds afterward to flush away any remaining debris.

Myth 5: Pour boiling water down the drain to clear clogs

Truth: While boiling water can sometimes help clear minor clogs caused by grease or soap buildup, it is not a reliable solution for all clogs. In fact, pouring boiling water down PVC pipes can cause them to soften and warp, leading to leaks and further damage. For stubborn clogs, it's best to use a plunger, a plumbing snake, or seek professional help from a licensed plumber.

Myth 6: Plumbing fixtures and pipes are indestructible

Truth: While modern plumbing fixtures and pipes are designed to withstand regular use, they are not indestructible. Mistreating your plumbing, such as hanging heavy objects from pipes or using excessive force on fixtures, can lead to damage and leaks. Treat your plumbing with care and address any issues promptly to avoid costly repairs.

Myth 7: You can ignore minor leaks

Truth: Even small leaks can waste a significant amount of water over time, leading to higher utility bills and potential water damage to your home. Additionally, minor leaks can often be a sign of a larger underlying problem that can worsen if left unaddressed. If you notice any leaks, no matter how small, contact a professional plumber to assess the situation and make necessary repairs.

Myth 8: Chemical drain cleaners are the best solution for clogs

Truth: While chemical drain cleaners may seem like a quick and easy solution for clogs, they can actually cause more harm than good. The harsh chemicals in these products can corrode your pipes, leading to leaks and damage over time. They can also pose health risks if handled improperly. Instead of relying on chemical drain cleaners, try using a plunger, a plumbing snake, or natural solutions like baking soda and vinegar to clear clogs.

Trust Panther Plumbing Group for Expert Plumbing Services

At Panther Plumbing Group, we understand the importance of accurate information when it comes to maintaining your home's plumbing system. Our team of experienced and licensed plumbers is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and services you need to keep your plumbing functioning smoothly.

From drain unclogging and leak detection to plumbing installations and pipe relining, we offer a wide range of services to address all your plumbing needs. Our experts use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to diagnose and resolve plumbing issues efficiently and effectively.

Don't let plumbing myths lead you astray. Trust the professionals at Panther Plumbing Group to provide you with accurate information and top-quality services. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about how we can help you maintain a healthy and functional plumbing system in your home.

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