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3 Myths About Plumbing

Some plumbing myths can prove to be more than just fiction. They can end up costing you money from perfectly avoidable repairs. In order to keep your plumbing system running as it should, it is important that you know the truth about some of the most popular myths. 

Hot Water Can Prevent Grease from Clogging Drains

You more than likely have heard time and time again that it is fine to pour hot grease or cooking oil down your drain as long as you follow it with hot water. The idea is that the hot water will prevent the grease from clogging the drains. 

In actuality, the hot water does not keep the grease from clogging the drain. What really happens is that at some point, the hot water will cool. When it does, the hot grease that remains in your drain will harden. As you continue to pour grease down your drain, it will build up and clog your drains. 

The best way to get rid of grease is to put it in a disposable jar that you can toss in your trash. 

Flushable Wipes Are the Same as Toilet Tissue

A large number of flushable wipes that are manufactured are not biodegradable. As a result, when you use and flush them down the toilet, you could cause a clog in your bathroom. 

Even if the wipes seem to be clearing the toilet, they could still be accumulating down the pipelines and creating a situation. 

If you want to use flushable wipes, the best policy is to not flush them. Dispose of them in garbage bags and drop them in the trash. You can also continue to use toilet tissue. 

Bleach Toilet Tablets Are Safe to Use

Although the tablets will help to keep down odors and help prevent staining in your toilet, they can cause problems. Anything that is left to soak in bleach will start to deteriorate over time. The same holds true for your toilet.

Some components of your toilet could start to fall apart or malfunction when you use the tablets. If you want to use a disinfecting tablet, look for one that does not contain bleach. 

If you want to clean your toilet with bleach, it is okay to do so as long as you do not leave the bleach sitting for more than a few minutes. 

Talk to your plumber like one from Pro-Trade Plumbing & Maintenance about other plumbing habits you have that could possibly lead to expensive repairs. He or she can offer you alternatives to help keep your plumbing in good shape.