5 Common Myths That Can Cause Plumbing Damage



Common myths that can cause plumbing damage in your home.

Plumbing damage is something every homeowner tries to avoid. But what if there are things you’re doing that are be contributing to plumbing damage in your home? We take a look at some of the misconceptions homeowners often have about their plumbing system.

Here are five common myths that can lead to plumbing damage in your home.

Myth #1: Flushable wipes are safe for the plumbing.
Just because a product is labeled as “flushable,” does not mean that it’s safe for the plumbing in your home or business. Flushable wipes and similar products don’t break down like toilet paper, affecting their ability to travel freely through the pipes. This results in clogs that will need to be professionally removed.

Myth #2: Harsh chemicals are the only way to clear a clog.
If you open the cabinet under your sink, you probably have a bottle of drain cleaner stashed there. And while it might be tempting to use harsh chemicals on clogged or slow draining sinks, these chemicals can do more harm than good. They can cause corrosion and more plumbing damage over time.

Myth #3: If it’s draining, it must be fine.
When a drain starts to slow, most people tend to notice. Your drain is often your first sign of something going wrong under the surface. If your sink or shower is still draining but at a slower rate, it’s not something you should ignore. In fact, it’s a sign that there is time to fix the problem before it worsens.

Myth #4: Lemons help clean your garbage disposal.
It’s a common belief that the acid in lemons helps clean out a garbage disposal. And while we love the scent of a freshly cut lemon, your garbage disposal is no place for the fruit. The acid does little to clean out the gunk and the peels can actually dull or break the blades. Your best bet is to disconnect your disposal from its power source and gently scrub the blades with a brush, warm water, and soap.

Myth #5: A slow dripping faucet doesn’t affect the water bill.
60% of water worldwide is lost due to leaky pipes—and your slow-dripping faucet is part of that figure. A simple leak in your bathroom’s faucet could end up costing hundreds of dollars in a year’s time.

Are you experiencing a leak or clog in your plumbing system? Contact us today to learn how our friendly staff can mitigate the issue in your home: 856.769.3932.