Three Things Your Plumber Wants You To Know

Household plumbing systems are a common source of confusion for many homeowners. Part of the cause for that confusion is the multitude of myths and misconceptions that homeowners hear on a regular basis. If you really want to protect your home's plumbing system and reduce your need for plumbing services, here are some things you should know.

Leave the bricks outside.

Many homeowners are under the mistaken impression that putting a brick in the toilet tank will reduce the water consumption of the toilet. The idea is that the brick will displace some of the water, causing the tank to read full with less water consumption.

The truth is that placing a brick in your tank, while maybe causing some displacement, will actually lead to more damage than help. The brick can damage the flapper in the tank, causing the tank to fill excessively. The prolonged exposure to water can also cause the brick to deteriorate, leading to plumbing damage from the brick debris.

Have your plumber install low-flow toilets if you really want to reduce water consumption. Low-flow toilets require less water overall, minimizing your household water demand from the toilets.

Skip the bleach tablets.

A fresh-smelling bathroom is important, and the toilet is often the biggest odor offender. Some homeowners will resort to bleach tablets in the toilet tank in an effort to keep the toilet smelling fresher.

While this may work in theory, it is still not the best idea. The truth is that when you place bleach tablets in the toilet tank, the bleach sitting in the tank over time will cause deterioration of the tank components. This leads to costly and unnecessary plumbing repairs.

If you want to use bleach on your toilets, skip the tank tablets and opt for a gel toilet cleaner that you put into the bowl, scrub, and flush away. That way, nothing is sitting in the tank and causing damage to the tank's components.

Don't grind lemon peels.

Garbage disposals are another common source of plumbing odors in the home. With food waste going into the disposals, residual bacteria can lead to foul odors. Many homeowners opt to put lemon peels down the disposal in an effort to make the disposal smell fresh and clean. While this may work, it can damage or dull the disposal blades over time.

You can get the same results without the risk of disposal damage. Put some baking soda into the disposal followed by a cup of fresh lemon juice. Let it sit for ten or fifteen minutes, then rinse it with fresh hot water.

Reach out to a plumber near you to learn more.


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