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The Top Plumbing Myths

When it comes to plumbing in a Arlington home, many people look at it as a big mystery. Because most people know very little about their plumbing system, various myths about its performance and maintenance pop up from time to time.
Arlington, VA plumbing_servicesAs a result, many Arlington homeowners often make the mistake of believing these myths and in turn ignore current problems that could be easily fixed.
However, rather than damaging pipes, drains, and other parts of the plumbing system, learning about these myths and what to do to keep the plumbing system operating efficiently can be a smart and cost-effective decision.
If you’re curious about some of today’s most popular plumbing myths, here are some you may want to learn more about.

Garbage Disposals Cleaned with Lemons

Many people assume that a lemon rind being put down the garbage disposal will clean it very effectively. However, all it really does is make the garbage inside the disposal smell a little better.
To adequately clean a disposal, cleaning solutions consisting of soap and warm water will need to be used. Squirting the cleaner into the disposal, then scrubbing it with a brush for about 10 minutes will usually do an effective job.

Running Water Down the Disposal and Drain

Because people continue to put anything down their disposals, they believe if they simply run water while doing so it will be fine. However, banana peels, eggshells, celery stalks, or other fibrous foods can damage the disposal.
Also, just because water flows down the drain does not mean it is not gradually becoming clogged. If the disposal moves slower than usual, a clog is beginning to form.

Plumbing Systems Require No Maintenance

If this were true, plumbers would have no business whatsoever. Despite the myth, plumbing systems of all kinds require regular maintenance in order to work as effectively as possible. For example, some people use hand soap to clean their plumbing fixtures. However, this often does more harm than good. In fact, brass fixtures are often damaged by the soap.
Instead, use a cleaner specifically designed for the type of finish on fixtures. In addition, homeowners should regularly inspect their pipes, drains, toilets, and fixtures for any potential problems.
It’s also important to look at the home’s foundation or basement walls to make sure no sudden cracks or shifts have occurred. If they have, a plumber should be called as soon as possible.

Don’t make uneducated assumptions about your Arlington, VA plumbing system. Call The Plumbing Dr. at (703) 525-9280 for the quality you deserve.