If you're a new homeowner, it's important for you to learn how to properly take care of the plumbing in your home. There are many myths you want to be aware of so you don't fall for them and accidentally damage your plumbing. Below you'll learn about 5 of the more commonly passed around myths:
Most faucets drip, it's perfectly normal.
You may have heard to ignore that dripping faucet because it's normal. It's not normal and a dripping faucet is a sign that there is a problem with the faucet internally. Not only can ignoring a dripping faucet cost you more in repairs down the line, but it will also cost you more on your monthly water bill.
You must run water while you're using the garbage disposal.
Most people believe it's necessary to run the water while using the garbage disposal. Running the water actually wastes water and often doesn't cause things to go down any easier. A better idea is to fill half of the sink with water while doing dishes and run the disposal after, allowing the sink water to easily be emptied while the disposal is running.
You can put grease down the disposal as long as you run hot water with it.
This is one myth that can lead you to some major plumbing problems. It is never advisable to put grease or oil down your garbage disposal. Oil and grease can harden in your pipes and lead to some serious clogs and expensive repairs.
You can wash your faucets with hand soap to clean them.
Hand soap is meant to clean your hands, not your faucets. Using hand soap to clean your faucets will actually cause them to start getting a dull look to them. It can also cause them to peel and corrode. You want to use a cleaner specially developed for faucets.
You should use in-tank cleaners to clean your toilets.
When you use an in-tank cleaner, gunk can still build up, but it will be bleached white so you won't be able to see it. This gunk can cause damages to the toilet. You can clean the tank of your toilet more effectively, and cheaper, by adding some vinegar to the overflow tube.
When you move into your new home, you may want to debunk plumbing myths, and learn how to properly care for your plumbing. This can help you avoid costly repairs and the frustration that comes with plumbing problems.
For professional help with your plumbing, contact a business such as Beaman Bros Plumbing & Heating.