Debunking TikTok’s Top Plumbing Myths: What Every Homeowner Should Know Before You DIY
Before undertaking a plumbing project based on a viral video, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction. Let’s dive into some of the top plumbing myths circulating on TikTok and arm you with the knowledge you need for a successful DIY plumbing endeavor.
Lemons Clean and Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades
Myth: Tossing a lemon into your garbage disposal will clean it and sharpen its blades.
Reality: While lemons can help deodorize the disposal and give it a fresh smell, they do not sharpen the blades. Garbage disposals don’t have “blades”; they have impellers that grind food, which don’t require sharpening. Over time, acidic substances like lemons can corrode parts of the disposal.
Running Water While Using the Garbage Disposal Helps in Grinding
Myth: Keep the water running to help the disposal process food wastes more efficiently.
Reality: While it’s true that running cold water can help in moving the food particles through the disposal and pipes, it doesn’t aid in grinding.
Flushable Wipes are Safe for Toilets
Myth: Wipes labeled “flushable” won’t clog your drains.
Reality: Even if they are labeled as flushable, many wipes do not break down quickly enough to be safe for sewer or septic systems. They can lead to blockages and expensive repairs.
Boiling Water Clears Greasy Clogs
Myth: Pouring boiling water down the drain can clear out grease.
Reality: While boiling water can melt some forms of grease, it’s only a temporary solution. As the water cools, the grease solidifies further down the pipeline, which can lead to more significant issues.
Plumbing Doesn’t Require Regular Maintenance
Myth: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
Reality: Just because you aren’t experiencing issues now doesn’t mean your plumbing is in top shape. Regular check-ups can prevent small problems from turning into costly repairs.
Plungers Can Clear Any Clog
Myth: A good plunge can fix any blockage.
Reality: While plungers can clear many types of clogs, they aren’t a universal solution. Some blockages, especially deep in your plumbing system, might require specialized equipment or techniques.
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