Every family has their at-home solutions that have been passed down from generation to generation. While some of these solutions are completely valid, you should not believe everything you hear! Especially when it comes to plumbing, there are certain myths that are extremely common, and tend to cause more problems than resolutions. Below are three of the most common plumbing myths that you should know are not true!
Many people believe that as long as they run the water while they are using their garbage disposal they can put just about anything down there. This could not be further from the truth. Some things just do not belong in a garbage disposal no matter how much water you run. Hard or thick food items absolutely should not be put down a garbage disposal no matter what the circumstances. In fact, you should really try to put as little as possible down there to avoid clogging or expensive damages. If you must put thick foods down a garbage disposal, you should break them apart with water first to make sure nothing gets stuck on its way down.
Just because your garbage disposal is operating is not an indication that your sink is not at risk of clogs. One of the earliest signs that your sink is at risk of clogs is a slow moving garbage disposal. Another early warning sign is waste fragments that remain on the discharge pipe. If you happen to notice either of these things while running your disposal, even if the water seems to be draining correctly, your sink is developing a clog. It is recommended that you stop using the garbage disposal right away until you are able to get the clog cleared.
Of all the plumbing myths, this one is the most dangerous of all. This is because Tacoma homeowners who believe this myth may run into serious problems later down the line. Any and all pipes have the potential to be obstructed by clogs, wayward tree roots, or shifting home foundations. It is also recommended that you get regular camera scopes of your sewer line to check for potential obstructions. All of these issues, if not caught in time, could lead to extremely expensive repairs later down the line such as sewer line, or pipe replacement. It is also recommended that you regularly maintain the fixtures in your home such as sinks, faucets, and tubs to prevent serious drain clogs.
In summary, you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. If you’re looking for good, honest advice and services, look no further than our Tacoma sewer & drain repair experts. Give us a call at 253-345-7222 and we will have one of our consultants out to you in no time!