As a homeowner, it’s crucial that you understand at least the basics of how your plumbing system works and the maintenance requirements it has. There are a number of plumbing-related myths that homeowners often believe, which can result in them inadvertently damaging their systems and being forced to pay out big bucks for a plumber in Shreveport, LA to come in and make some significant repairs.
With this in mind, here’s a list of some of these most common myths and the truth behind them.
MYTH: Grease can flush down your drain if you use hot water instead of cold water.
It doesn’t matter what the water temperature is—the grease is going to stick to your pipes and drains. When the grease eventually does cool off, it’ll harden and create a coating inside your pipes that can cause some significant long-term maintenance issues, including backups and potential burst pipes. Therefore, you should be sure to wipe grease out of your pans if it’s left behind, or pour it into a disposable container and set it in the garbage after it’s congealed.
MYTH: You can always use a plunger to unclog your sink.
Unfortunately, unblocking a sink isn’t going to be quite that straightforward. This is especially dangerous if you’ve already tried pouring a chemical drain cleaner down into the sink to clear it—using a plunger could potentially result in backsplash of those chemicals up onto your skin or into your face. Contact between these chemicals and the eyes can be dangerous.
You can use a plunger if you have not already tried to use any type of chemical cleaning agent. You can also try using a plunger if you’ve made your own natural drain cleaner with vinegar and baking soda. But keep this in mind: if you have a double sink, the pressure you create during the plunging process can result in the blockage coming up the other drain, so it’s a good idea to seal that other drain first.
MYTH: These wipes say “flushable,” so I should be able to flush them.
Believe it or not, this isn’t always going to be true. Even wipes advertised as being flushable are typically not going to be broken down fast enough in sewer systems to be truly flushable. This is backed up by a Consumer Reports study that indicates that even flushable wipes can get snagged on pipes and block up your plumbing system. Only use toilets for waste and for toilet tissue.
MYTH: It fits down the drain, so I should be okay to flush it.
There are certain types of items you just cannot flush. Scraps of food, female sanitary products, hair, grease and plenty of other examples of items should not go down your drain, even if you have a garbage disposal. Put them in the garbage instead.
For more information about these and some of the other most common plumbing-related myths, contact a plumber in Shreveport, LA at Perot Plumbing, LLC with any questions you have.