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Debunking Home Plumbing Myths That Are Costing You Money

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There are websites and blogs dedicated to ways to clean and repair plumbing problems. Everything from the kitchen sink to the toilet has a hack that someone's neighbor's sister swears is the best thing ever. Unfortunately, many of these ideas are just myths that are costing you a lot of money.

Myth: Dripping Water Is Not a Big Deal

A dripping faucet is annoying. Many people believe it is not a big deal, but a faucet leaking water can drive the water bill up. A drip every once in a while is still wasted water. A constant drip is just like leaving the water on and forgetting to turn it off. If it isn't fixed, you could be losing a significant amount of money.

Myth: Tossing Lemons into the Kitchen Drain Is a Good Idea

This myth is a favorite amongst people who are concerned about the environment. What could be greener and safer than a chopped up lemon in the garage disposal? Lemons actually do a lot of harm; they are acidic and eat away at the pipes. Instead, toss a few ice cubes into the sink and run the disposal. Not only will the ice clean the inside of the sink, it will help sharpen the blades of the machine.

Myth: Plumbing Doesn't Need Any Maintenance

Like everything in the home, your plumbing needs to be maintained.  Food, waste, toys, hair, feminine hygiene products, and much more go down into the plumbing system without any regard to the trouble it may cause. These things can get caught together and block water from making its way through the system. Maintenance can prevent this small blockage from becoming a backed up flood in the kitchen.

Myth: Anything Can Be Flushed Down the Toilet

This is another falsehood practiced by many people. The toilet, and the pipes connected to it, are not giant receptacles for waste. Those parts are very small. They are meant to only let human waste pass through and are not set up to push Barbie, Ken, and their entire wardrobe through the pipes. This will lead to water backing up and overflowing from the toilet.

Never take someone's word for it unless it comes from a professional plumber like Harding Plumbing & Heating. Take a few minutes to research your next big plumbing idea. It will save you both money and time. Debunking plumbing myths is also going to safe you from a lot of hefty repair bills.