When your toilet or sink aren’t working calling a plumber is your next plan of action. There are some old wives tales out there can cause or make a plumbing issue worse. Some of these may be new to you or perhaps some of these are ones that you have encountered yourself.
Lemons Will Make your Garbage Disposal Smell Fresh and Clean:
Lemons contain citric acid that can corrode the metal inside your garbage disposal. Oranges can cause the same type of damage to your machine.
Dishwashing Liquid is the Same as Dishwasher Detergent:
Using dishwashing liquid in your dishwasher can do damage. It can cause your dishwasher to fill up with sudsy soap all through it, as well as break glass in the process.
Use Soap and Water to Clean Your Bathroom Fixtures:
Soap and water are great for cleaning your hands and body, but they do not have the same effect on your bathroom fixtures. They can actually corrode and cause peeling of the metal on your fixtures.
As Long as Your Drain is Flowing Everything is Fine:
Your drain can be clogged and water can still be flowing, for the time being. When pasta or rice get stuck, they can take a little time to swell and then cause blockage later on.
There are so many things I can just fix myself. Why should I ever call a plumber:
This is a very common myth that can lead to many more issues while you are trying to “fix” something yourself. Plumbers are paid contractors that are skilled and qualified. As with many jobs, there are union and non-union positions. Pay rates can vary according to the region in which you live and much more. Plumbers are masters of physical science, as well as highly skilled with their hands.
There are many tools of the trade that most non-plumbers just don’t have or even have knowledge of. Plumbers have to have a very well organized plan, be patient and pay close attention to detail. When you have a plumbing fiasco, be sure to contact your local plumber. He knows exactly how to fix your problem.
Don’t be fooled by plumbing myths! Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating and Cooling at (208) 505-9352 for great advice and service in the Boise area.