As a homeowner, saving money is key. Ideally, one always wants to save money wherever possible, but sometimes going the extra mile to save a few dollars can be more costly in the long run. Here are some money saving plumbing myths that can become costly.
Myth: You Can Use Lemons to Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Your disposal might smell better after dropping a lemon but in there, it won’t actually get it clean. In fact, you’ll literally be throwing money away on lemons by attempting this and denying the proper maintenance your disposal needs. To properly disinfect your garbage disposal, you will need to use a cleaning solution that includes at least mild soap and warm water. There are even disposal-specific cleaning products you can find at the store to help you do an even better job with this. Remember to never pour caustic chemicals such as bleach, drain cleaners, or other chemicals, into the garbage disposal as they can erode the unit. Also make sure your disposal is disconnected from its power source while you are cleaning it!
Myth: As Long As Things Keep Going down the Drain, It Is in Good Shape
Even if the water in your drain eventually goes down, there still might be a clog that is building in your pipes. If the water starts to slow or pool in your sink you should take action before it turns into a much bigger problem. To avoid clogs, avoid having food particles or other solids from going down the drain. Make sure dishes are properly wiped off before putting them in.
Myth: You Can Clean Plumbing Fixtures with Hand Soap
Hand soap may actually be damaging to the fixture’s surface. Brass plumbing fixtures, for example, should be cleaned with gentle solutions such as cut lemons and baking soda. Toilet bowls, however, need to be cleaned with an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection. Using proper cleaners that are formulated to rinse clean can also help get rid of unwanted and unsightly water spots that normal soapy water might leave behind.
Myth: Plumbing Requires Little to No Maintenance
This is one of the most expensive home plumbing myths of all. Neglecting your plumbing maintenance will cause expensive problems down the line. Obstructed pipes and sewer lines may lead to expensive plumbing repair, such as replacing sewer lines, pipes, or lift station motors. The fixtures inside the home such as sinks, faucets, and tubs, also need regular maintenance to avoid serious drain clogs or leaks.
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