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Get Educated on the Common Plumbing Myths

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If there is one thing people should not ignore in their Seattle homes, it’s their plumbing system. However, in today’s world there are numerous people that automatically assume that pipes, drains, toilets, and more all require little if any attention.

Seattle, WA plumbing_servicesMost of the time, this is due to them having many myths about plumbing that simply do little if any good. When people use these myths rather than consult the expertise of a plumber, many small problems quickly become bigger ones.

If your Seattle household is using various plumbing myths, here are some reasons why you may want to reconsider your approach to plumbing.

Garbage Disposals and Lemons

A common misconception is that lemon rinds do a great job of disinfecting garbage disposals. However, when used all they do is make the disposal smell better.

To properly clean the disposal, plumbers recommend using warm water and soap that are mixed together and then sprayed into the disposal.

After soaking the blades and walls of the disposal for about 15 minutes, a scrub brush can be used to get rid of any stubborn food particles and grime. However, before doing any of this, be sure the disposal is unplugged so that it won’t turn on accidentally while being cleaned.

Keeping Drains Clear

If you want to keep your drains clear of clogs, don’t count on running water to do the trick. Many people mistakenly believe that running hot water down drains on a regular basis will keep clogs from forming. However, if oil and grease are being poured down the drain regularly, clogs will form no matter how much water follows.

It’s also a mistake to think that items put into a garbage disposal will grind up easier if water is running during the process. For those people who put celery, cigarettes, and banana peels in their disposals, be prepared to call a plumber to fix some broken blades and gears.

Maintain the Pipes and Fixtures

For some reason, some people assume their plumbing pipes and fixtures need no maintenance whatsoever. However, this is yet another misconception that ultimately results in calling a plumber to make some much-needed repairs.

Pipes, drains, toilets, and more should be checked regularly for leaks and other problems, while fixtures should also be inspected and cleaned. But while doing this, don’t use hand soap for cleaning them. Otherwise, you’ll have fixtures with finishes that appear dull and dirty.

Don’t make uneducated assumptions about your Seattle, WA home plumbing system. Call Gene Johnson Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical at 206.792.7495 for the quality you deserve.