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Common Plumbing Myths Debunked | Frank Gay Services

When it comes to plumbing, misinformation can often lead to costly mistakes. Many homeowners fall prey to misleading myths about what’s good for their plumbing systems, only to find themselves facing bigger issues down the line. 


Frank Gay Services is here to set the record straight on some of the most widespread plumbing myths. Let’s get into the facts and save you some time!



Myth #1. Drain Cleaners: A Quick ‘Fix’ with Long-Term Damage


Many believe over-the-counter drain cleaners are a safe and effective solution to clogged pipes. 


And why shouldn’t you believe it? They wouldn’t be sold in the store if not, right? Wrong. 


These harsh chemicals deteriorate your plumbing over time, causing more harm than good. They’re not only a temporary fix but can also lead to costly repairs in the future. The pros at Frank Gay Services recommend seeking professional help for clogs to avoid damaging your pipes.


Pay Attention to Your Pipes > Regular Plumbing Maintenance


Myth #2. The Truth About ‘Flushable’ Wipes


Despite being marketed as “flushable,” these wipes are a plumber’s nightmare. They don’t break down like toilet paper and often cause severe blockages in your sewage system. The accumulation of these wipes can lead to significant, expensive damage. It’s best to dispose of them in the trash, not the toilet.


Myth #3. Ice in the Garbage Disposal: More Harm Than Help


Another myth is that ice sharpens and cleans garbage disposal blades. Disposals don’t have blades but rather impellers that aren’t meant to be “sharpened.” Ice can cause significant wear on these parts. 


A disposal isn’t anything you should be digging around in, if you’re experiencing issues, it’s best to call a professional.


Myth #4. Lemon Peels and Garbage Disposals: A Sour Mix


It’s a common belief that grinding lemon or orange peels in your garbage disposal will clean and freshen it up. While they might leave a pleasant scent, they’ll leave residue and matter leading to clogs. 


For cleaning and deodorizing, opt for a mix of vinegar and baking soda instead and run cold water while running the disposal. 


Myth #5. Minor Leaks: The Silent Culprits


Even the smallest drip can signal a bigger problem waiting to happen. Minor leaks will waste water, increase your bill, and can also lead to mold or structural damage. 


Addressing leaks promptly can save you from more significant issues down the road.


Myth #6. Bricking Your Toilet Tank: A Surprisingly Common “Hack”


Placing a brick in the toilet tank is an old water-saving tip that’s both ineffective and harmful. Bricks will disintegrate over time, causing parts of your toilet to clog or malfunction. Fortunately, modern toilets are more water-efficient, making this hack outdated and unnecessary.


More > 5 Common Plumbing Issues You Should Know


Myth #7. DIY Plumbing: Knowing When to Call the Pros


While it’s tempting to take on plumbing issues yourself, not all repairs are DIY-friendly. Attempting to fix problems without the proper knowledge or tools can lead to bigger headaches and higher costs. Professionals have the training and equipment to diagnose and repair issues correctly the first time.


Myth #8. All Plumbers Are Not Equal


This might be the most damaging myth of the bunch. Choosing a plumber based solely on price or availability can result in subpar service and needing to call another company (which means more money out of your pocket)


Frank Gay Services prides itself on having experienced, licensed professionals who ensure quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.



Trust the Experts at Frank Gay Services


Plumbing myths can lead homeowners to bigger problems than they started with, resulting in unnecessary expenses. Being aware of the truth behind these myths is crucial for maintaining a healthy plumbing system. Our team of experts provides top-notch service, whether it’s debunking myths or offering reliable repairs and maintenance. Trust us to keep your plumbing in peak condition, debunking myths and fixing issues with the professionalism you deserve.


When it comes to any of your plumbing, electrical, or HVAC needs, remember, not all service providers are the same. Reach out today, and let us take the hassle out of home maintenance for you.

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