The pipes in our homes hold many mysteries, and often, we think we know the answers, when in fact, the common solution isn’t the correct one. Below are some busted myths surrounding your home’s plumbing.
Myth 1: In-tank toilet cleaners are harm-free.
While these “set it and forget it” toilet tablets might bleach the toilet bowl or make for pretty blue water, they don’t do much good for your toilet. The tablets contain several ingredients, including different types of calcium, which can eat away at the parts inside your tank, such as the rubber flapper. You’re better off using white vinegar and baking soda, or even denture tablets.
Myth 2: Store bought drain cleaners maintain pipes.
While store bought potions for clearing your drain might do the trick temporarily, these cleansers have harmful substances that can corrode pipes over time. If a clog is simple enough to be cleared by store bought chemicals, most likely you’ll be able to clear it with a home remedy of baking soda and vinegar. If the clog is more serious, call a professional.
Myth 3: Doing it yourself saves money.
This is only true if you know what you’re doing. Doing it yourself can cut down on the cost of labor, but you also run the risk of breaking something additional, or even injury, both of which are bigger costs. If you aren’t certain what you’re dealing with, it’s best to call a professional.
Myth 4: Hair is the only clog-causing agent.
While hair seems like the obvious clog-causing item, especially in the bathroom, other items such as toothpaste and soap scum can cause just as many problems in the pipes. When using the sink to brush your teeth or wash your hands, give the faucet and drain a quick wipe down to prevent any buildup.