Plumbing Urban Legends – Part 1

There are many myths out there in the world. In baseball, the tie does not go to the runner. That’s a myth that’s commonly held by most people. Similarly, there are several common plumbing myths that need to be debunked to keep you from spending money unnecessarily on plumbing issues. Below are several of the common plumbing myths and the truth to help you make better plumbing choices.

1st Myth:

If you put lemons in your garbage disposal, it will make your kitchen smell fresh and clean the disposal at the same time.


Lemons in the disposal might create a slightly different aroma around your sink, but it will not make your kitchen smell better. Actually, lemons can be damaging to your disposal because citric acid can corrode the metal components inside the disposal. It’s best not to put citric fruits (lemons and oranges both) into your disposal. A better choice is to use ice in your disposal to clean the components inside the unit.

2nd Myth:

Run water while using the disposal to flush the waste more smoothly.


Running water while operating the disposal is not a means to make the waste travel more smoothly. On the contrary, many times you still end up having to turn the disposal off and reach into the unit to remove a piece of old food that has jammed or clogged the unit. Running water during operation can waste water (which is never good), and not solve the problem you’re trying to avoid. A better choice is to fill the sink basin with water up to half the area of the sink while running the disposal. This allows the waste and the water to both flow down the drain easily.

Be sure to check next blog concerning three more plumbing urban legends that have inundated (pun intended) the industry.

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