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Are you tired of hearing conflicting advice about your home’s plumbing? It’s time to separate fact from fiction and debunk common myths that could be causing more than good. 

Join the experts at Total Maintenance Inc. as we unravel the truth behind popular plumbing misconceptions so you can make more informed decisions to keep your plumbing system in top shape!

Myth #1: Lemon Peels Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Reality: While the scent of lemon may temporarily mask odors, tossing lemon peels down your garbage disposal won’t effectively clean it. In fact, citrus peels can contribute to clogs and damage the disposal’s blades. Instead, use ice cubes to dislodge debris and vinegar to deodorize and sanitize your disposal.

Myth #2: You Can Flush Anything Down the Toilet

Reality: Contrary to popular belief, your toilet is not a magical portal that can withstand anything you flush. If you ever forget what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, remember this rule: only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. No exceptions! (Yes, this means no flushable wipes)

Myth #3: Running Water While Using the Garbage Disposal Prevents Clogs

Reality: Although running water while using your disposal can help move things along, it does not prevent clogs entirely. Over time, improper usage of your garbage disposal and food particles can create blockages, regardless of water flow. The best way to avoid clogs is to scrape excess food into the trash before rinsing dishes and use your disposal sparingly. 

Myth #4: Plumbing Fixtures Last Forever

Reality: While it’s tempting to believe that your plumbing fixtures are indestructible, they do not last forever. Faucets, pipes, and water heaters will eventually wear out and require replacement. Regular maintenance and timely repairs can extend the life of these fixtures, but eventually, upgrades will be necessary.

Myth #5: DIY Plumbing Fixes Always Save Money

Reality: We completely understand trying to save money by pulling out your own toolkit instead of calling the professionals. However, attempting complex repairs without the proper knowledge and tools can lead to costly mistakes and further damage. Investing in professional plumbing services for complex issues can save you time, money, and frustration. 

Don’t let plumbing myths lead you astray! By debunking these common misconceptions, you can make informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls that could compromise your plumbing system.

Total Maintenance Inc. is dedicated to providing accurate information and empowering homeowners to care of their plumbing the right way. To schedule your plumbing appointment for your Illinois or Iowa home, give us a call at 563.900.8788