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Top 5 Plumbing Myths That People Still Believe

Myths: The Truth Behind The Stories

Graphic of a pyramid of lies with the word truth in the middleMyth: "A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events."(Google definition) Myths have been told for generations of people, and are used to explain the meaning behind events that happen in the world.

There can be so many myths about almost everything, plumbing included. There are many myths that are still believed today to help cure many different things with Cucamongapeople and their issues with their plumbing. These are some myths that are still believed today.

Putting Lemons Into Your Garbage Disposal

A very common myth for freshening the smell emanating from your garbage disposal is to put lemons into your garbage disposal, which at the time may seem like a good idea, but in reality, it isn't. The acidity of the lemon juice, which measures at a 2 on the pH scale when it comes from the lemon for curious minds, can actually corrode the metal of your pipes, damaging what can be quite an expensive system. It is best to avoid any lemons or any other acidic food or liquid from finding its way down your drains.

An actual alternative to this method of freshening up your disposal is actually to use ice and let it go into your disposal. By starting up the disposal once the ice is in it, the ice will be ground up and help to clean any gunk that may be causing the unpleasant smell. It may be quite a loud process, but it works well in the end.

Running Water Into Your Garbage Disposal

Here is yet another myth that does more harm than good. This myth suggests that running water down into your garbage disposal will break up any gunk that is in there and allow it to go down without trouble. This just isn't the case.

Water cannot always break down extremely large or harder food pieces that many believe is able to go down a garbage disposal. A much more effective alternative to try is to break up larger pieces of food before putting them into the disposal, and then running water with that so that it can let the smaller pieces through the system.

It Is Alright To Use Hand Soap To Clean

Hand soap is, well, hand soap. It is meant to clean our hands when they are dirty, and our bodies when we shower. It is not, however, a proper tool to use to clean a plumbing system.

By using hand soap to clean, you are actually doing more harm than good. It actually causes damage to your systems. An actual method to use is to use cleaners that are made to clean toilets and sinks, such as strong disinfectant to rid these systems of germs.

If Water Goes Down, Then Everything Is Good To Go

This yet another ridiculous myth that people believe. Build up will happen over time, and won't always be as noticeable as it would be if it were to smell. Foods such as rice and pasta will expand over time as they are broken down by water, and enough of it will clog in the drain, causing a major and very common plumbing issue. Getting a very effective drain plug can easily remedy this issue, and regular cleaning of drains can also help keep your Cucamonga plumbing systems.

Are you having trouble with your Cucamonga, CA plumbing system? Call All City Plumbing at (909) 552-7550 for all your repair needs!

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