Plumbing Tips

Stop Believing These Infamous Plumbing Myths

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Some people know plumbing repair hacks – or at least they think so. But if this is the case, then why do we often get calls from Vancouver Islanders asking, “What did I do wrong?” It's an advantage to have plumbing skills, but it's an even greater advantage once you know which plumbing tips are myth or fact.

To help you out, we've listed three of the biggest plumbing myths, debunked by a reliable local Victoria plumber. We hope that after reading this, you'll spread the knowledge!

Debunk These Plumbing Myths Now Or Regret It Later

1. Anything You Flush Is Gone Forever

Clogged toilet with beer cans and bottles in the bowl and on top of the tank.Just because it went down the drain doesn’t mean that it’s out of your life forever!

Anything liquid can be flushed easily down a toilet. Solid wastes are often flushable if they're biodegradable and break apart easily, like toilet paper. Wipes and paper towel? Technically flushable, but not recommended. Plastics (like kids toys and makeup containers), cardboard (like toilet paper tubes), and metals are a definite no-no!

Remember that anything you flush goes through the drain pipes in your plumbing system. From there it either goes to the city sewers or your home’s septic tank. You should never flush anything that will potentially cause clogging — or worse, flooding — in your bathroom.

If you've been flushing non-biodegradable items for some time now, it's best to have your plumbing system checked by a licensed plumber near you — and soon.

2. You Can Shoot Whatever You Want In the Garbage Disposal

Here’s the deal: Your garbage disposal is not a garbage chute. Not all food wastes can go into a garbage disposal, unless you want a quick meeting with a local plumber.

Hard food wastes such as bones and shells must be kept away from garbage disposals in all cases. Also — and this surprises people the most — fibrous food wastes like onion skins can wrap around the teeth of the disposal and cause it to jam. Grease, meat fat, and oils coat the garbage disposal blades and dull them and should also be avoided.

3. Close Taps Tightly To Stop Leaks

rusted outdoor pipe and faucetThis is a big misbelief that can cause a lot of damage. The tighter a faucet handle is turned, the greater the chance it will be damaged.

In fact, overtightened taps are one of the most common causes of leaks according to local plumbers in Victoria. It can even cause broken pipes! Tighten just right and you'll avoid future plumbing problems.