There are some myths that you may have believed when you were younger, such as the fact that you can flush ice down your toilet and that wearing your pajamas inside out will guarantee a snowstorm. As time passed by, you have learned the truth behind these childhood myths, but there may be some plumbing myths that you still believe now.

We have some advice for you on seven common plumbing myths.

1. Ice cubes help sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal.

False. Ice cubes are able to help you get food off of your garbage disposal blades but they won’t make them any sharper.

2. Flushable wipes are toilet friendly

False. Flushable wipes are not safe to flush. They can cause serious plumbing problems in your system.

The wipes are not like traditional toilet paper and won’t dissolve in the system. This can cause a problem with your plumbing.

3. Bricks in the toilet can help cut costs.

False. Leakage can be caused by bricks stuck to the back of your toilet. Additional flushing and leaks can increase your water bill.

4. Water heater will explode whenever they rumble.

False. Your water heater may make other sounds to indicate sediment buildup, or other problems with the heater. It is unlikely that the sound is a sign that your water heater is about to explode. However, it could be an indication that your heater needs repairs.

Call a professional plumber to inspect your water heater and determine the source of the problem. Routine maintenance can extend the life of your water heater.

5. It’s safe to take a shower or bath during a lightning storm

False. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is best not to shower or bathe during lightning storms. Although it is unlikely, lightning can travel through your plumbing system.

6. Hot water down the garbage disposal will break up grease

False. Although hot water can help to dissolve grease, grease that has reached the cold pipes further down your plumbing system will solidify. This grease buildup can attract other substances down the pipe. It is also why grease should never be poured down the sink.

7. Liquid drain cleaners can safely clear clogs in your plumbing system.

False. Many liquid drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals and abrasive chemicals that can damage your pipes.

Although there are natural ways to clear clogs naturally, we recommend calling a professional plumber in Myrtle Beach if you have stubborn ones. Clogs that are stubborn and won’t clear up can indicate larger plumbing problems.

Following some plumbing myths can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing system. Get plumbing advice from experts like Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC. We have years of experience, not myths or fables to ensure that your plumbing system is working properly.

Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC now if you need the help of a plumbing contractor.

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