At Jack Stephan, our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers have heard quite the plumbing tales over the years and while some myths are harmless, others can cause serious damage to your plumbing. Discover some of the top myths that you really should know the truth about with expert insights from our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers.
Leaky Faucets Are Not a Big Deal
In addition to wasting 10,000+ gallons of water per year, a leaky faucet can significantly increase your water bill over time. If you ignore the tiny drips of water, the gallons of water could equal 270 loads of laundry. Additionally, persistent leaks that are left unresolved can actually damage the faucet and even stain the fixture.
Toilets Are Trash Cans
Despite popular belief, you cannot flush everything down the toilet. These fixtures are designed to handle human waste and small amounts of toilet paper. Items such as hair, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, dental floss, bandages, diapers, cat litter, etc. are simply not intended to enter your toilet. Resist the urge to throw these pipe clogging culprits down the toilet by placing a trash receptacle in the bathroom.
Lemons/Limes Or Other Citrus Fruits Clean Garbage Disposals
While lemons, limes and other citrus fruits can eliminate foul odors coming from your disposal, they can also break the unit. Garbage disposals cannot handle large pieces of food and are unable to breakdown tough rinds. As a result, citrus fruits can become stuck in your drain and cause larger issues. To freshen your disposal, try using hot water and liquid dish soap. Allow the disposal to run while the hot water is on and gently squeeze a small amount of soap down the drain. This should do the trick!
All Clogs Are Noticeable
If you flush solids down your drains, there might be an unnoticeable clog further down the pipes. In time, these items can cause your water to drain slower. As a great precautionary way to ensure your plumbing continues to run smoothly, it is recommended that you participate in maintenance program with a well trusted plumber and have your pipes cleaned from time to time.
For more information about these plumbing myths or others you might have heard, please contact our highly skilled Orange County or Los Angeles plumbers at 1 (800) 464-7586. We’ll be sure to help you sort the fact from fiction and keep your plumbing on track!