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Common Plumbing Myths: Busted!

Plumbing is an essential aspect of our homes, providing us with the comfort and convenience of clean water, efficient drainage, and functional appliances. However, with this importance comes a plethora of myths and misconceptions about plumbing that can lead to confusion and potentially costly mistakes. In this blog post, we'll debunk some common plumbing myths to help you separate fact from fiction and make informed decisions about your home's plumbing.


  1. Myth: Lemon Peels Clean Your Garbage Disposal

  • Busted: While the fresh scent may momentarily mask unpleasant odors, lemon peels can harm your garbage disposal in the long run. The citrus oils can create a sticky residue, and the peels themselves may damage the disposal blades. Instead, use ice cubes to clean and sharpen the blades, and follow up with a small amount of dish soap for freshness.

  1. Myth: In-Tank Toilet Cleaners Are Always Safe

  • Busted: While in-tank cleaners may seem convenient, they can lead to damage in the long run. The chemicals in these cleaners can corrode the rubber components inside the toilet tank, leading to leaks and malfunctions. Opt for a regular cleaning schedule using a mild cleaner applied directly to the bowl.

  1. Myth: All Flushable Wipes Are Safe for Plumbing

  • Busted: Despite being labeled as "flushable," many wipes do not break down as easily as toilet paper. They can contribute to clogs in both your home's plumbing and municipal sewer systems. To avoid potential issues, dispose of wipes in the trash rather than flushing them.

  1. Myth: A Slow Drain Means Nothing

  • Busted: A slow drain is often seen as a minor inconvenience, but it can indicate a deeper issue. Hair, grease, and debris may be building up inside the pipes, leading to a partial blockage. Ignoring a slow drain can result in a complete clog over time.

  1. Myth: You Can Use Your Toilet as a Trash Can

  • Busted: Your toilet is not a catch-all for waste disposal. Flushing items like cotton swabs, dental floss, and feminine hygiene products can lead to clogs and damage to your plumbing system. Stick to flushing only human waste and toilet paper.

  1. Myth: All Plumbers Are the Same

  • Busted: Not all plumbers have the same level of expertise or specialization. Different plumbers may specialize in residential, commercial, or emergency plumbing. Always choose a plumber with experience in the specific issue you're facing to ensure a more accurate and efficient resolution. Shaw's Plumbing and Gas have allocated Maintenance and Construction teams, and specialised certifications for working at heights, leak detection, gas fitting, confined spaces and more.

  1. Myth: You Can Ignore a Minor Leak

  • Busted: Even a small leak can lead to significant water damage over time. Ignoring leaks may result in mold growth, structural damage, and increased utility bills. Address leaks promptly to prevent further issues.

  1. Myth: DIY Plumbing Repairs Always Save Money

  • Busted: While some minor plumbing issues can be tackled as DIY projects, attempting complex repairs without the necessary skills and knowledge can lead to more extensive and costly damage. It's crucial to know your limits and seek professional help for complex plumbing problems.

  1. Myth: You Can Use Bleach Tablets to Clean Your Toilet Tank

  • Busted: While bleach tablets may seem like a convenient way to keep your toilet tank clean, they can cause damage to the internal components, leading to leaks and malfunctions. Instead, use a liquid toilet bowl cleaner applied directly to the bowl for effective cleaning.

  1. Myth: It's Normal for Faucets to Drip Occasionally

  • Busted: A dripping faucet is not only annoying but can waste a significant amount of water over time. Even a slow drip can add up to gallons of water wasted each month. Fixing a dripping faucet is often a simple repair that can save water and reduce your utility bills.

  1. Myth: All Water Leaks Are Visible

  • Busted: Not all leaks are easily visible. Some leaks can occur behind walls, under the floor, in your roof, or in other hidden areas. Pay attention to unexplained increases in your water bill, the sound of running water when no fixtures are in use, or any musty odors, as these may indicate hidden leaks.

  1. Myth: Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Always Safe and Effective

  • Busted: While chemical drain cleaners can be effective in clearing clogs, they often contain harsh chemicals that can damage pipes over time. Moreover, they pose safety risks to users. Consider using alternative methods like a plunger or a drain snake and consult a professional plumber for persistent clogs.

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