Home Plumbing Myths That Cost You Money

If you have wrong information, you can lose money.  In everything. In finance. In college scholarships. In auto repairs. And in home plumbing. So how do you know if you have the wrong information? Maybe you don’t.  But we can help with some of that.

One of the biggest mistakes in home plumbing is the misinformation
that chemicals strong enough to dissolve hair and other debris in a clog is
somehow not so strong that it will damage your pipes.  Maybe the idea is that it moves past the pipe
fabrication too quickly to cause damage, but that simply isn’t true.  If you have a clog that stops fluids from
flowing, you have a clog that will trap the chemicals as well, and as they eat
through the clog, they don’t politely refuse to eat into pipe material.

Another great myth is that you don’t need to check your pipes
unless you have a clog.  If you wait
until the water isn’t moving, you may have a bigger repair than a clog.  Particularly in the big lines that run through
your yard, you have the chance of getting roots growing through the lines, and
you won’t know there’s a problem until the problem is big enough to cost a lot

How about myths concerning what should go down a sink garbage
disposal?  Anything but pits, you’ve been
told.  And maybe not potato
peelings.  Actually, you shouldn’t put
any peelings down the in-sink disposal. 
Egg shells can cause a clog.

And popcorn isn’t your friend. 
Why? Because those unpopped kernels can get stuck in the mechanism of
the grinder, causing you to need someone to come and repair it.  Maybe avoid anything you can easily put in
the trash and leave the in-sink disposal for things that are small bits, still
on the plate when the big stuff is gone.