By now, you probably know how various myths and misconceptions can damage your perception about some things. Some myths can be fun, some can be intriguing, whereas others can be downright costly. You find that a majority of the plumbing myths fall in the cost category. You can end up spending way more than you initially bargained for if you choose to believe some of these myths. Well even the plumber Toronto profession hasn’t been spared by myths and misconceptions. This article aims to debunk some of these myths and misconceptions and have your plumbing working in no time.
1. You can use lemon peels to freshen disposal
Don’t do this unless you have a super-massive garbage disposal unit that can cut through anything. If not, then it is wise to throw these peels into the trash. In as much as the lemon will give your disposal a pleasant smell, it will also end up clogging your drain. Most garbage disposal units cannot easily cut through tough waste items like lemon peels. Some people also reason that the citric acid content of the lemon peels can also corrode the metal cover of the disposal unit in the long run. So, instead of using the lemon peels to freshen up your disposal, go for the more common items which are soap and water.
2. Ice cubes can sharpen your disposal blades
False. Note that neither ice cubes nor eggshells are going to sharpen your disposal blades. Ice cubes are, however, great for cleaning the blade. So, the next time you feel like your garbage disposal unit is starting to smell, then throw in a couple of ice cubes or eggshells. Your blades will look fresher than ever. Not sharper, but fresher.
3. Animals cannot access your home using your toilet
False. The smaller animals like rodents and reptiles can get into your home using your plumbing system. Rodents and snakes are some of the common culprits in this area. This is not a common occurrence. But that does not mean that it has never happened and might not happen to you and your home.
4. You can save water in your toilet bowl by putting a brick
To some extent, this move works. But after some time, you find that the brink disintegrates and dissolves into the water in the toilet bowl. And this can end up causing you more issues that you did not have in mind. You will also realize that you flush your toilet more thus using more water.
5. Commercial drain cleaners are great for clogs
Not true. You find that most of the commercial drain cleaners have chemicals that may end up eroding your drain pipes and end up causing more damage than intended. Commercial plumbers need to work out how they will safely remove the clogs in drain pipes without damaging the pipes themselves.
6. Hot water can melt grease in pipes and prevent clogs
Yes, hot water will melt the grease and even wash it down the drain. But after the water cools and the grease attaches itself to the pipes, it will cool and eventually solidify then build up to the point that even hot water won’t melt it. You will have to call a professional plumber to have a look at your drain which can cost you about $150.
7. In-tank containers are not harmful
Some drop-ins can even cause some of the toilet parts to wear out. And you will have to part with some fees to fix and replace these worn out parts. Safe to say that you can do without in-tank cleaners.