It may be April Fool’s Day today, but we decided to take a different approach instead. After all, we are not in the business of tricking anyone! Although the origins of this year remain a mystery, many people around the world like to take part in this day for the sake of lighthearted fun. While there is nothing wrong with that, in the realm of plumbing maintenance, separating fact from fiction is essential to avoid costly mistakes and ensure the longevity of your plumbing system. With so many plumbing myths circulating, it can be hard to know what to believe. That’s why your Loveland Plumbing & Drain professionals wanted to talk about a few of the most common plumbing myths. So, feel free to join us as we “bust” these plumbing misconceptions!   

Plumbing Myth 1 – Have You Used Chemical Drain Cleaners in Your Drains? 

One prevalent plumbing misconception is that commercial chemical drain cleaners offer a quick and effective solution for clogged drains. But this one belief is one that we are going to have to bust as a myth. While they may appear as a prompt and convenient choice, the reality is that these cleaners can result in detrimental harm to your pipes, leading to leaks and persistent blockages. Additionally, they pose risks to the health of you, your family, and the environment. 

Opting for mechanical methods like plunging or utilizing a drain snake is a safer and more effective approach in the long run. In cases of stubborn blockages, it is advisable to enlist the services of a licensed plumber.  

Plumbing Myth 2 – Have You Used Hot Water to Wash Grease Down Your Drains? 

Another plumbing myth suggests that pouring hot water down the drain effectively removes grease. However, this method can exacerbate the problem. The issue lies in the fact that hot water merely temporarily liquefies grease. After the hot water is no longer running down the kitchen drain, the grease will solidify upon cooling within your system, causing further complications in the future and contributing to persistent pipe blockages. 

To counter this plumbing myth, just collect grease in a container and toss it in the trash or recycle it right. This simple habit can steer clear of pricey plumbing issues down the road, saving you from unwarranted stress and costs that are totally preventable. 

Plumbing Myth 3 – Have You Flushed Flushable Wipes Down Your Toilet? 

Flushable wipes – do you use them? Many think they’re safe for toilets because of the label – and they’re not wrong to think so! But ask any plumber, and they’ll likely advise against it! That’s because even though they say “flushable,” these wipes don’t break down like toilet paper. Flushing them can lead to plumbing issues like blockages and overflows.  

To avoid these annoying plumbing problems, just remember to flush only toilet paper and toss any wipes in the trash! Simple as that! 

Plumbing Myth 4 – Have You Flushed Feminine Products Down Your Toilet?  

In the same regard, flushing feminine hygiene products down the toilet is a no-go. Think about it – tampons and pads soak up liquid and swell when wet. It’s a recipe for clogged pipes. So, flushing items like tampons down your toilet may eventually just lead to a large plumbing problem! The problem might not show up right away, but keep doing it, and you’ll run into trouble down the line.   

Avoid falling for this plumbing myth by tossing any feminine hygiene products in the trash to prevent costly repairs and environmental damage. It might seem like a hassle, but taking care of your plumbing this way is totally worth it!   

Don’t get fooled by these common plumbing myths! Ensuring the integrity of your plumbing system should remain a top priority. It’s super important to follow best practices for your plumbing to keep it in tip-top shape. Remember, ditch those chemical drain cleaners, say no to pouring grease down the drain, dispose of flushable wipes properly, and never flush feminine products. Remember, to always trust a professional for reliable plumbing advice. For more plumbing care tips, check out our other informative blogs! 

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