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4 Plumbing Myths that are costing you money

Plumbing can be a tricky business. There are tons of antiquated and inaccurate tips that are thrown at homeowners every day. But some of those “helpful” tips are hurting your plumbing. Before you do-it-yourself, make sure the advice you’re following isn’t one of these plumbing myths.

1. Lemons Clean the Garbage Disposal

Not even a little. They just smell nice. Instead, a soapy solution with warm water can do the trick. Just disconnect the disposal from it’s power source (IMPORTANT!), and pour the soapy mixture in. Give it just a few minutes to work it’s magic, and then scrub clean with a cleaning brush. We recommend you only use your disposal for tiny bits of food that get past your sink trap.

2. Flushable Wipes are Flushable

These bad boys are responsible for some of the nastiest clogs in the business. We’re not even sure who decided to call them flushable. Wipes, even the “flushable” ones, just do not break down in the sewage or septic system. These can build up, cause major blockage and serious damage to the system. Your toilet was designed for human waste; use as directed. Use your trash can for everything else.

3. Hand Soap is a Great Way to Clean Plumbing Fixtures

Think again! Hand soap can actually damage your fixtures by corroding them. Use gentle solutions for any brass fixtures. Toilets, however, need a serious disinfectant to kill any bacteria.

4. Plumbing Fixtures Require Little to No Maintenance

This is the biggest myth of all, and the most costly. Annual maintenance checks are very important and can help prevent more costly plumbing problems.In addition to ensuring that all of your homes fixtures are clean and tight, an annual maintainence check can spot leaks and other plumbing issues before they become costly ones. Mark your calendar for a once-a-year plumbing check to save money and maintain the value of your home.

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