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Be Above the Plumbing Myths

As with most things, it’s best to learn as much as possible about a home’s plumbing system. Not everyone, naturally, has the time, or interest, to do so.

As a result, some people (we’re not pointing fingers here…really!) will rely on things they have been told over the years by well-meaning friends or family to help them get by. Unfortunately, non-plumbing experts can create plumbing issues down the road for that homeowner.

To find out if you’re holding on to some of the same myths as many other people, take a look at some of the most common ones listed here.

Lemons and Garbage

While it sounds like a strange combination, many people think lemons will clean their garbage disposals. However, all they actually do is make them smell good.

Grinding up a lemon rind inside a disposal will improve the odor but do nothing to get rid of bacteria and food particles, so it’s recommended a cleaning solution of warm water and soap be used every 1-2 weeks for best results. You can also use baking soda and vinegar and a few simple steps to clean your garbage disposal.

Otherwise, you’ll have a lemon-scented garbage but one that will still need a good cleaning at some point.

Plumbing is No Maintenance

Why people think plumbing requires no maintenance is anyone’s guess. In reality, plumbing requires perhaps as much or often more regular maintenance than other parts of a home.

Examining pipes, drains, and even foundations for damage should be part of a Pasadena homeowner’s regular duties, which will help to ensure all goes smoothly. Along with this, a home’s plumbing fixtures should never be cleaned with hand soap.

Instead, cleaners made to clean brass or other metals will keep everything looking great. If hand soap is used, the fixture’s finish will be damaged and made to look very dull, which is something everyone wants to avoid.

Despite garbage disposals being made only for certain kinds of food disposal, many people continue to use their disposals for trash cans. Bones and other hard objects should never go into a disposal. The damage includes duller blades or even a broken system.

Along with this, running hot water down drains doesn’t mean anything can be put down them without incident. Whether it’s hot or cold water, if such things as grease or oil are poured down the drain, clogs of all sizes will form.

Don’t rely on opinions or assumptions about your Pasadena home plumbing system. Call Pasadena’s own North Brothers Plumbing & Rooter at (626) 507-5155 for expert, professional plumbing maintenance and repair.