Common Erie, Colorado Plumbing Myths Debunked


With the abundance of information on the web these days, homeowners would rather look things up on the Internet rather than call in a professional for proper evaluation of the problem. While we applaud your efforts for trying to fix the problems on your own, we would like to caution you about your sources since not everything posted online are accurate.

With that in mind, we present to you the most common plumbing myths. Avoid falling for these myths or you’ll end up damaging your pipes or even your entire plumbing system.

Put lemons in your disposal to make it smell fresh

People believe that running lemons through the garbage disposal is a good idea to help mask the odor. While you might succeed in creating a fresher aroma, it can corrode the metal parts that are found inside the garbage disposal. There is no better alternative in cleaning and disinfecting your garbage disposal than soap and warm water.

Hot water flushes down grease

Most of you have probably done this before. You pour hot or boiling water down the drain in an attempt to flush down grease. What you fail to realize is that grease hardens when it cools; thus, creating a thick coating inside your pipes. Instead of pouring grease down the drain, you might want to place them in a jar and throw it in the garbage can.

A leaky faucet is no big deal

Though many people are not bothered by a leaky faucet, this could be an indication of a plumbing problem. Once a drip starts, it can wear out the faucet and lead to bigger problems in the future.

In addition to that, a leaky faucet will lead to water waste and a high bill.  It may be just a drip every now and then, but it can result to 1 trillion gallons of water wasted every year. Do not ignore a leaky faucet. You need to have it fixed as soon as possible.

Flushable wipes are really flushable

Contrary to what marketers would have you believe, this product does not break down fast enough to be truly flushable. Your toilet is designed to handle human waste. You might want to use your trash cans for other stuff.