biggest plumbing myths

In a time where we have increased access to information, it’s easy to come across a lot of wrong material or complete myths. Whether you see it on the internet, or you hear it from your family, it’s always important to fact check and make sure it’s true.  Plumbing tips and information are no exception to this. In order to have an efficient home plumbing system, it’s important to make sure you have the right information. And that’s where the pros at Freedom Air and Heat come in! Keep an eye out for the following plumbing myths:

Myth #1: Grease Can Go Down the Disposal

Grease is one of the few items you absolutely cannot put down the garbage disposal. Other items include eggshells, potato peels and fruit pits. While all these items can cause some clogging or damage to impellers, grease (especially if it’s paired with hot water) can cause clogging and odors as well as reduce the efficiency of your trusted garbage disposal. Instead of dumping grease in the disposal, you can put it in a disposable container and toss it in the trash.

Myth #2: A Leaky Faucet is A Small Problem

While a leaky faucet might seem like a small problem, its effects are certainly not as minute as you might think. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet that drips at one drip per second can waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. That doesn’t seem very small does it? That’s why, if you notice that you have a leaky faucet, try to diagnose the problem as soon as possible. Usually, faucet leaks are caused by deteriorated gaskets, O-rings or cartridges.

Myth #3: You Can Use Any Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet

Did you know that there are different types of plungers available on the market, besides the traditional cup plunger you see? Did you know that a cup plunger isn’t effective in unclogging toilets? When unclogging your toilet, it’s better to use one with an extended rubber flange. This narrow flange creates a seal at the base of the toilet, making it a more effective plunger. A cup plunger without an extended flange will not create a seal and won’t be effective in toilet-plunging—you can use your cup plunger to unclog sinks and shower drains!

Myth #4: You Can Flush Flushable Wipes

While it might say flushable on the packaging, you might want to reconsider. Just because it says you can flush it, does not mean that you always should. Flushable wipes, even those that can break down relatively easily, are usually not great for your plumbing. According to the tests ran by Consumer Reports, flushable wipes can take up to 10 minutes to disintegrate. If you use flush these wipes overtime, you will deal with a clog soon.

Fight These Plumbing Myths with Freedom Air and Heat!

If you want to learn to sift through the facts and fiction of plumbing, get in touch with the knowledgeable pros at Freedom Air and Heat! Call us today at 321-631-6886 or schedule an appointment with us on our website!