Plumbing myths are rampant and home and business owners are paying the price. From the diabolical story that a slow leak in a faucet isn't worth fixing to putting lemons in your garbage disposal, it's time to get the facts straight and dispel these all-too-believable stories. Here is the lowdown on some of the most common misconceptions when it comes to residential and commercial plumbing:
Don't Worry About Leaks If They Are Slow Ones
According to statistics published by the United States Environmental Agency, if you need to bust a single plumbing myth wide open, this needs to be the one:
Each year, residential plumbing leaks account for the loss of over one trillion gallons of water. Ten percent of all households in the country waste an astounding 90 gallons of water in a single day. Most leaks occur when basic and affordable repairs to items such as worn toilet flappers, simple valves, or leaky faucets are not done in a timely manner. From an economic standpoint, leaking faucets are the equivalent of sending money down the drain. In states such as California that are in the midst of a severe drought, household leaks are wasting a very limited natural resource.
Best practice: Repair small leaks as soon as you spot them and have your home regularly inspected for hard-to-spot leaks.
Lemon Peels, Bricks, and Flushable Wipes
Who hasn't heard that lemon peels will remove nasty smells coming from the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink? It makes sense. Lemons have a pleasant odor plus citric acid to cut through built up clogs. Unfortunately, even though your sink might smell a little better afterwards, you are actually making the problem worse if your garbage disposal doesn't have enough power to shred the peel.
Best Practice: Check the specs on your in-home disposal before adding peels or use some white vinegar instead.
The story of the brick in the toilet tank has been making the rounds for generations. Unfortunately, this method for decreasing the amount of water needed for each flush sometimes backfires. When there isn't enough water in the tank, you might have to flush twice and wind up wasting more water in the process. In addition, bricks in the tank have an adverse effect on the toilet flapper over time, creating the need for more frequent repairs.
Best Practice: Swap out your old toilet for a water-saving, low-flow toilet.
Finally, if you've been buying flushable wipes thinking that you are doing your plumbing a favor, you really aren't. Yes, the wipes do flush out of the toilet, as advertised, but they wind up getting caught in the pipes leading out of the home. It's one of the most common reasons for plumbing calls.
Best Practice: Use only toilet paper to prevent plumbing and drain problems with your toilet.
Be a smart home or business owner and learn which plumbing stories are true and which ones should be retired as the myths that they are. A professional plumber will help you choose the best practices to keep your pipes running clear.
Contact a company such as Watson Plumbing to learn more.