There are some myths that you might have believed when you were younger, such as the fact that ice cubes can be flushed down your toilet and that wearing your pajamas inward will guarantee a snowstorm. While you may have come to terms with the truth of these childhood myths over time, there are still myths about your home’s plumbing that you believe to be true.
We have some advice for you on seven common plumbing myths.
ICE CUBES ARE GREAT TO SHRED YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL BLADES
False. ice cubes may help to dislodge food stuck on your garbage disposal knives, but they won’t make them any sharper.
FLUSHABLE WIPES LIVE UP to THEIR NAME
False. Flushable wipes are not safe to flush. They can cause serious plumbing problems in your system.
The wipes are not like traditional toilet paper and won’t dissolve in the system. This can cause a problem with your plumbing.
BRICKS IN YOUR TOILET HELP SAVE MONEY
False. Keep the bricks in your home’s foundation and walkway.
Leakage can be caused by bricks stuck to the toilet at the back. Additional flushing and leaks can increase your water bill.
WATER HEATER EXPLODES WHEN THEY RUMBLE
False. Different sounds can be made by your water heater to indicate sediment buildup, or other problems with your heater. It is unlikely that the sound is a warning sign that your water heater is about to explode. However, it could be an indication that your heater needs repair.
Call a professional Long Beach Plumber to inspect your water heater and determine the source of the problem. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your heater.
It’s safe to take a shower or bath during a lightning storm
False. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you avoid showering or taking a bath during a lightning storm. Although it is unlikely, lightning can travel through your plumbing.
HOT WATER RUNNING DOWN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL BREAKS UP GREASE
False. Although hot water can help to break down grease, grease that has reached colder pipes will eventually solidify.
This grease buildup can attract other substances down the pipe. It is also why grease should never be poured down the sink.
LIQUID DRAIN CLEANERS CLEAR CLEAR CLOGS SAFELY
False. Some liquid drain cleaners use harsh chemicals and abrasive chemicals to clear the clog, but they can also cause pipe damage.
Although there are natural ways to clear clogs naturally, we recommend calling a professional if you have stubborn ones. Clogs that are stubborn and won’t clear up can indicate larger plumbing problems.