When it comes to plumbing, most people prefer to leave any problems that arise to the plumber they contact. That’s a good idea, since many people have little if any knowledge of their pipes, drains, and other plumbing components in their Long Beach Island homes.
However, some people do think they know best where plumbing is concerned and believe they can do things their own way and have great outcomes. Unfortunately, many of their ideas often result in more harm than good being done, which leads to high repair bills.
If you’re using some of these myths as a way to manage your Long Beach Island home plumbing needs, take a look at some of the most popular ones and why they should be discarded at once.
Using Lemons to Clean the Garbage Disposal
While many people do this, all that’s accomplished is making the disposal smell like lemons. To properly disinfect the disposal, use warm water and soap. Spray some into the disposal, wait 15-20 minutes, then scrub with a cleaning brush.
However, before doing so be sure to disconnect the disposal from any power sources. Otherwise, you’ll be in for quite a shock.
Plumbing Fixtures and Maintenance
For some reason, many people think their plumbing fixtures need little or no maintenance. However, they should be inspected regularly for any leaks or other damage that would require repair or replacement. And while checking for any problems, be sure to not clean them with hand soap. Otherwise, the fixture’s finish will be damaged.
Instead, use baking soda or cut lemons. In addition to the fixtures, people also believe their pipes, drains, and toilets also need little if any maintenance. However, they too require regular checks for leaks or other damage that could require a plumber to repair.
It’s All Down the Drain
While garbage disposals sound as if they can handle anything, they are in fact made to handle a select number of items. However, people continue to put such things as cigarette butts, metal cans, banana peels, and more in them, thinking if they run water while doing so everything will be fine. In addition to this, many people also make the mistake of thinking they can pour grease or oil down their drains if hot water accompanies them.
Unfortunately, this often leads to severe clogs that will require a plumber’s expertise to fix. So in addition to the inconvenience, some high repair bills will follow.