There are multitudes of plumbing myths that have been passed down from generation to generation. Cost-saving measures or tips that promise to give you the upper hand when it comes to plumbing repair and maintenance.
It’s not your fault for falling for these ill-advised plumbing tips. After all, it is human nature to seek out a shortcut or better way to do something. With that being said, when it comes to plumbing, it is not always true. Learn the truth about common plumbing myths, as well as alternative solutions that can save you money.
Myth: Lemons clean and deodorize your garbage disposal.
Truth: This could not be further from the truth. The acidic nature of lemons or any other citrus fruit can damage your garbage disposal by causing corrosion to its metal components. A simple alternative is ice. As the ice is crushed inside the disposal, it tumbles around whilst cleaning, polishing and even sharpening the appliance’s blades.
Myth: Running water through the disposal during operation helps to wash away the debris.
Truth: Although water does indeed help to wash the waste down the drain, how you introduce it to the disposal is the critical part. Before activating the disposal, fill the sink basin with a 4:1 ratio of water to waste. This method allows the waste to first separate before and after entering the disposal.
Myth: Use bathroom cleaner to maintain a clean and brilliant finish on your fixtures.
Truth: Bathroom cleaners do work well for removing soap scum and other buildup on bathroom fixtures. However, they are expensive and can lead to premature failure of the fixture as well as void any manufacturer’s warranties. Save money and your fixtures by wiping them off with a clean rag after each use. This takes only a few seconds but will prevent soap scum buildup and keep your fixtures sparkling like new for longer.
Myth: Automatic toilet bowl — in tank — cleaners are the best thing since sliced bread.
Truth: Expensive and often under performing, automatic bowl cleaners promise to keep your toilet bowl clean and smelling nice with a simple flush. These bleach-laden products do have some cleansing effects but are extremely bad for our environment as well as septic tanks. An inexpensive alternative is to mix a cup of common white vinegar with a spoonful of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the toilet bowl and allow soaking for thirty minutes before scrubbing. Not only will you save money, but also reduce the amount of harsh chemicals entering our environment.
There is nothing wrong with seeking out new, more efficient ways to tackle life’s little chores. Just remember to do your homework first and verify that whatever shortcut you take, it does not end up costing you in the long term.
For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.
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