Are These Plumbing Myths True?

Myths are more than just often repeated expressions passed through the generations. They can sometimes be harmful. When it comes to myths about plumbing, they could lead to costly damage that can have a lasting impact on your home and budget. To help you separate the falsehoods from the truth, here are some common myths and their real stories. 

Hot Water Allows You to Put Anything Down a Garbage Disposal

One of the most commonly believed plumbing myths is that if you run hot water while pushing items down the drain, the garbage disposal will not get jammed and the plumbing lines will not clog. In reality, running hot water does not give you free reign to push items down your drain.  

Hot water does not soften hard foods and other objects enough to avoid damage to your garbage disposal's blades. The hot water also does not guarantee that grease poured down the disposal is washed away. Some of the grease will still cling to the linings of the plumbing lines and eventually, lead to a clog. The further down the clog is in your plumbing, the more challenging it will be to remove the clog. 

Water Heaters Do Not Explode

Water heater explosions are not as common as they once were, but they are still possible. Many homeowners believe that the inclusion of a pressure relief valve meant that the potential for pressure build up was completely eliminated. Although it is less likely due to the valve, there are other factors that could lead to a problem.  

The valve could fail or the debris in the water heater could build up and cause pressure. To avoid this, the hot water heater needs to be inspected on a regular basis by a plumber and the water heater needs to be drained every few months. Draining the water heater helps to remove any potentially harmful debris from the bottom.  

Flushable Wipes Are Safe for the Plumbing

Many people have dumped their toilet tissue in favor of flushable wipes. Although flushable wipes are great for personal hygiene, they can be awful for your plumbing.  

Although there are wipes that are marketed as biodegradable, they can be worse than tissue when it comes to plumbing. The wipes take far longer to degrade, which means your plumbing lines are at a great risk of clogging.  

Your plumber is your best resource for determining if a plumbing myth you have heard is actually true. He or she can not only help clear up any confusion, but service your plumbing on a regular basis. 

For more information, contact a business such as Towers Murray Plumbing.