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Busting Five Common Plumbing Myths

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Plumbing is a modern convenience we rarely think about, but that means a lot of misconceptions still exist. If you've ever had trouble determining what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to your pipes, the experts at David Gray Plumbing debunk some of the most common plumbing myths here.

Lemon peels clean your garbage disposal. Putting lemon peels down your drain will certainly make your sink smell nicer, but they can actually clog the garbage disposal. The citric acid in the lemons also corrodes the metal blades and can make your disposal useless in just a few months. Instead, use ice cubes and cleaning agents to freshen up your disposal.  

A leaky faucet isn't that bad. A smalldrip, drip, dripmay just seem like a minor annoyance, but it can have serious costs. Household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually, according to the EPA. A leaky faucet will dramatically increase your water bill, not to mention it could be a sign of a larger plumbing issue. The good news is a leaky faucet is usually an easy repair. 

Flushable wipes are safe to use. "Flushable" wipes really aren't so flushable. Since they aren't as biodegradable as toilet paper, they actually can clog plumbing lines in homes. They will flush down, but it will be better for your pipes and home if you simply throw them away.

A plunger can fix any clog. Plungers are great for smaller clogs but can make a bad situation worse if used improperly. Don't use a plunger if you are at risk of overflowing your toilet. It's best to call in a professional who can efficiently get rid of the clog while sparing your bathroom floors.

One more myth: all plumbers are created equal. Make sure you are using an experienced, proven company. David Gray Plumbing has been helping residents in the community for more than 30 years and is ready to help 24/7 - simply call 724-7211.

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