There seem to be a lot of tips and tricks for all manner of home improvements that are shared all over the Internet and TV. The thing is, not all sources are reliable and some of the more common tips can sometimes inadvertently cause problems or damage to your home’s systems and to your health.
In a recent article, the Indiana PHCC (Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association) helps to dispel a few of the myths around common plumbing tips:
“Myth #1: Use lemons to freshen up the smell of your garbage disposal.
“Fact: …the acid contained in [lemons] is corrosive to your disposal. Instead of lemons, run ice down your disposal. Ice cubes will knock loose and wash away the grime in the disposal as they are being chopped up.
“Myth #2: Run water while you are running your garbage disposal.
“Fact: …following waste with water will not help if the blockage has already occurred before the water shows up. A better idea would be to fill the sink basin with a 4:1 ratio of water to waste so that the waste is separated and flows with ease down the drain.
“Myth #3: Plumbing fixtures require no special care as long as they are working properly.
“Fact: Plumbing fixtures can become dangerous if they are not used occasionally. Not using sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines can allow sewer gases back up through the drains. These gases smell bad and are harmful to breathe in. Make sure to use each fixture once in a while and not let them sit idle for long periods.”
Funny, I’ve seen the lemon tip on TV shows, and in magazines and have used it several times (it does make the kitchen smell quite nice). I guess I’ll be keeping my lemon peels for the compost from now on. I also grew up with myth number two being the rule in our house, so this one will be a harder habit to break for me. However, now that I’ve heard from the pros, it will be easier to take it out my list of must-dos.
For more tips you can rely on, or if you have plumbing problems that need to be repaired, talk to a local licensed plumbing contractor such as Westside Plumbing, if you’re looking for an Indiana plumber.
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