Common Plumbing Myths

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Have you ever been given a piece of information that seemed too good to be true? These bizarre plumbing myths have been debunked, so you don’t have to find out the hard way!

Myth: Ignore your leaky faucet.

Truth: You should always worry about a leak, no matter the size. A leak can damage your faucet or stain your fixture. According to the EPA, a leak can lead to 10,000 wasted gallons of water per year in a single household, or the equivalent of 270 loads of laundry.

Myth: Ice cubes will sharpen garbage disposal blades

Truth: No, but they will clean your blades, which should happen if your sink starts to smell.

Myth: Putting a brick in your toilet tank will save water.

Truth: While this could happen, it can also displace too much water, causing you to have to flush twice and not save water. Plus, bricks deteriorate over time and cause other important parts of your toilet to break.

Myth: Lemon peels make your disposal smell good.

Truth: Sure it will smell nice, but peels can clog your drain. And they won’t actually clean your drain, they will just mask the scent. Only attempt this if you have a powerful enough disposal to cut through the peel. If you are unsure or do not have a powerful disposal, try pouring some white vinegar to freshen up your disposal. You can also try mild soap and warm water to disinfect your garbage disposal.

Myth: You can clean plumbing fixtures with hand soap

Truth: On the topic of soap and cleaning, depending on the type of plumbing fixtures you have, hand soap may actually be damaging to the surface.Brass fixtures should be cleaned with gentle solutions, like lemons and baking soda. Your toilet bowl should be cleaned with a disinfectant.

Myth: Flushable Wipes

Truth: Flushable wipes do not biodegrade like toilet paper and can cause problems when they pile up and clog the lines. Actually, unless you want your toilet overflowing, never flush anything except toilet paper and waste.

Myth: Cat litter is flushable

Truth: Even if you have a litter that claims to be flushable, do not flush it. Cat feces contains a parasite that is harmful to humans. Modern wastewater treatment is effective at removing the parasite, but it pose problems for countries without modern wastewater treatment, harming pregnant women and marine life.

Myth: Toilet blow tablets that contain bleach will keep your toilet clean.

Truth: If you have a tablet that is meant to stay in your toilet, make sure it doesn’t have bleach. These tablets will destroy the working parts of your toilet within 6 months. Bleach in the bowl is fine, but don’t let it linger for more than 10 minutes.

Myth: Water flushes counter clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere.

Truth: This idea is based off the Coriolis effect, the apparent deflection of the path of an object that moves within a rotating coordinate system. However, this does not apply to small bodies of water, like your toilet. The direction of the flush is determined by the design of the toilet.

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