Plumbing Mythbusters: Debunking Common Plumbing Misconceptions

Plumbing Myths

You ever hear something and think, well, that just isn’t true?

We see it a lot in our trade.

We also believe in empowering our clients by giving it to them straight. Presenting them with the facts. Misunderstandings can lead to potential issues, wasted time, and unnecessary expenses.

That’s why today we’ll be busting some common myths and misconceptions homeowners believe to be true.

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Myth 1: Lemons in the Garbage Disposal Keep It Fresh and Clean

One popular myth is that tossing lemon peels down the garbage disposal will keep it smelling fresh and clean. While the refreshing aroma of lemons might temporarily mask unpleasant odours, it won’t effectively clean the disposal.

In fact, citrus peels can harm the disposal’s blades and cause blockages when the fibrous material wraps around the mechanism. Instead, opt for proper cleaning methods like using ice cubes and baking soda or vinegar to keep your garbage disposal in top shape.

Myth 2: A Dripping Faucet is Harmless

A common misconception is that a dripping faucet is a minor annoyance that doesn’t require immediate attention. However, ignoring a dripping faucet can waste a significant amount of water over time, leading to higher utility bills and unnecessary environmental impact.

Furthermore, the constant dripping can wear out the faucet’s components, leading to more significant problems in the future. Addressing a dripping faucet promptly can save you money and prevent further damage.

Myth 3: You Can Flush Anything Down the Toilet if It Fits

Many people believe that as long as an object can fit down the toilet, it’s safe to flush. This is far from the truth! Flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper can lead to blocked pipes and damage to your plumbing system. Items like wet wipes, cotton balls, and paper towels don’t dissolve like toilet paper and can create blockages in your sewer lines. Stick to flushing only what is recommended to avoid unnecessary plumbing emergencies.

Myth 4: You Don’t Need a Plumber for Minor Leaks

Some homeowners think that they can handle small leaks on their own without professional help. While it might be tempting to DIY, minor leaks can indicate more significant issues within your plumbing system. Ignoring the underlying problem can lead to more substantial leaks and water damage over time. It’s essential to have a licensed plumber assess and fix even seemingly minor leaks to prevent future headaches.

Myth 5: Chemical Drain Cleaners is a Quick Fix for blockages

Chemical drain cleaners are often marketed as simple and effective solutions for blocked drains. However, these harsh chemicals can corrode your pipes over time, leading to leaks and costly repairs. Moreover, they might not effectively clear the entire blockage, leading to recurring problems. Opt for professional plumbers equipped with the right tools to safely and thoroughly clear any blockages.


As experienced plumbers, we believe that debunking these common plumbing myths is crucial for homeowners to make informed decisions and protect their plumbing systems.

Remember, when in doubt, it’s always best to consult a professional plumber with credentials. This will help you save in the long run.