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Plumbing Myths Debunked: Keeping Your Drains Clear, One Clog At A Time

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There are a number of plumbing myths out there, and it is important to know how to properly care for your drains to keep the water flowing smoothly throughout your home. Even when a drain is working, a clog could be building up. Blocked drains create all kinds of water problems, including flooded toilets, and leaks that create a big mess under sinks. Here are a number of plumbing myths explained.

You Can Clean Your Garbage Disposal With Lemons and Egg Shells

While lemons in your garbage disposal might make your drain smell a little better temporarily, lemons aren't going to disinfect the unit. Egg shells don't help clean the blades either, but instead can cause blades to break or jam up with egg shell remnants. If you want to clean your garbage disposal thoroughly, unplug the unit and use a mild soap and water combination on the device. Let the cleanser sit in the disposal for a few minutes and then use a scrub brush to work the cleaner through. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and your disposal will be disinfected properly.

As Long As the Water is Running, Anything Can Go Down the Disposal

If you've ever put too many potato peels down your garbage disposal and gotten a clog, then you know that this myth is just not true. You can run the water all you want, but if the potato peels muck up the garbage disposal blades, they will not chop up into small enough pieces to go down the drain. Too many peels from fibrous vegetables will cause your disposal to clog. If you want to put peels down the drain, you have to chop them up into smaller pieces first. It's a better idea to throw the peels in the garbage, or add them to a compost pile.

The Drain Isn't Getting Clogged Because It Still Works

Not all drains clog immediately. Shower drains can slowly get clogged over time, from hair and soap scum. If you notice that your shower is starting to drain slowly, it's time to call in a professional plumber like Lewis Plumbing to check out the clog. While your drain may still be working, a clog is building up that needs to be taken care of. The last thing you need is a drain that becomes completely clogged because you ignored the situation.

Keeping your plumbing maintained, and ensuring that all drains are flowing freely will help alleviate the need for emergency plumbing repairs.