Plumbing Tips For Homeowners

Published: February 22, 2013

Maintaining the plumbing in your home is essential to your family's health. Sometimes there are things that we do that may damage our systems unknowingly. The licensed professional plumbers of PHCC want to dispel these misconceptions.

Myth #1: Use lemons to freshen up the smell of your garbage disposal.

Fact: Cut up lemons may smell nice, but the acid contained in them is corrosive to your disposal. Instead of lemons, run ice down your disposal. Ice cubes will knock loose and wash away the grime in the disposal as they are being chopped up.

Myth #2: Run water while you are running your garbage disposal.

Fact: Seems like it would be a good idea, but following waste with water will not help if the blockage has already occurred before the water shows up. A better idea would be to fill the sink basin with a 4:1 ratio of water to waste so that the waste is separated and flows with ease down the drain.

Myth #3: Plumbing fixtures require no special care as long as they are working properly.

Fact: Plumbing fixtures can become dangerous if they are not used occasionally. Not using sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines can allow sewer gases back up through the drains. These gases smell bad and are harmful to breathe in. To prevent these risks, make sure to use each fixture once in a while and not let them sit idle for long periods.

if you have a problem call a licensed PHCC contractor.