In this post we'll bust some of the common plumbing myths that are out there today.
Ice Cubes help sharpen garbage disposal blades
Garbage disposals don’t have blades, but instead, have two teeth-like features called impellers that grind food waste into liquid as the unit spins. While you can use ice and lemon peel to freshen up your garbage disposal, you can't sharpen the so-called blades.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and fibrous vegetables like celery, banana, and potato peel down your disposal. This will dull its capabilities in no time at all, especially if not maintained properly with regular cleaning.
It’s safe to take a shower or bath during a thunderstorm.
When you take a shower or bath during thunderstorms, it's important to be aware of the potential danger. The high voltage from lightning can travel through pipes made of metal, which are excellent conductors. The impurities found within water also help current flow so it's very unsafe to take a shower or bath during thunderstorms.
Handwashing Dishes are Better than Using a Dishwasher
To save water and energy, consider purchasing an ENERGY STAR®-rated dishwasher. The EPA reports that these units can cut down your water bill and your annual usage by up to 5k gallons. Dishwashing machines also sanitize using 140-degree water which is much better than what you could do by hand.
You Should Rinse your Dishes Before Putting them in the Dishwasher
The dishwasher doesn't need your help so let the machine do all the dirty work for you. According to Consumer Reports, most newer models have an energy-efficient soil sensing system, that determines the exact amount of water, temperature, and time needed to clean the dish load. So, if you really want to help, the best thing you can do is try not to open and close your dishwasher once its cycle has started.
Putting a Brick in the Toilet Tank Saves Money
Toilet flushing uses a lot of water, but a brick in your toilet tank is not a good idea. Brick tends to crumble and might damage the toilet’s mechanism. If you are looking for a way to turn your current toilet into a water-saving design, there are a few options.
Many toilet brands allow for the inside tank assembly to be changed out, and there are several kits that will turn older water-wasting toilets into a higher efficiency or even a dual flush toilet. If you think you may want to try this trick at home, call us and talk with one of our plumbing experts
It’s okay to flush kitty litter down the toilet.
Cat litter contains cat waste which can travel through the sewer system and may cause toxins to spread elsewhere. Even worse clay or silica-based cat kitty litters are designed to absorb liquids and expand, risking major clogs in your plumbing system. While you might not notice a clog after one flush, the litter can build up in the pipes over time.
Liquid Drain Cleaners are Safe
Chemical cleaners can cause toilet bowls to deteriorate, metal pipes to dissolve, and plastic pipes to heat up and warp. Using chemical drain cleaners is not only harmful to the environment but also dangerous to your family and pets. If you need to clear a clog, try a using plunger, but not if you have poured chemical drain cleaners down the drain.They can cause serious burns if they’re pushed back up by the plunger.
“Flushable” Wipes Actually Exist
Even though these wipes are labeled “flushable” the truth of the matter is. They aren't, so don’t flush them! Not only do they not break apart, often times they form a massive buildup that results in the clogging of drain lines and eventually backed up plumbing systems. Even if they make it through your home's pipes, they can wreak havoc on the city’s sewer system.
According to the DEP, it can cost between $10,000.00 and $15,00.00 to repair a sewer line in NYC. As a matter of fact, U.S. municipalities spend more than 500 million annually unclogging sewer lines, with wipes being the main culprit.
A Slow Dripping Faucet is Not a Big Deal
If you have one leaky faucet or even just an occasional drip, that can add up to upwards of 20-30 gallons of waste every day. Your faucets are some of the most used appliances in your home and do tend to wear out after a while. The quicker you take care of that drip, the more money and water you will save.
We hope that this blog post has helped you to better understand plumbing and debunked some of the myths out there. Remember, if you have any questions or need an expert to take a look at your plumbing system, give us a call today. Our experienced professional plumbers are here to help!