Plumbing Myth Debunked

Unveiling the Truth: 9 Common Plumbing Myths Debunked

Welcome to the world of plumbing solutions! Throughout your journey as a homeowner, you may have encountered numerous tips and tricks for fixing plumbing mishaps. While some of these remedies can indeed be helpful, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. In our exploration, we’ll uncover effective methods to address common plumbing issues. Additionally, we’ll debunk any plumbing myths that could potentially exacerbate the problem. Let’s dive in and discover reliable solutions for a smoothly functioning plumbing system!

Exploring plumbing mysteries often leads to uncovering valuable truths about our plumbing systems. By debunking common myths and misconceptions, we gain a deeper understanding of how to care for our pipes, fixtures, and appliances. Whether it’s demystifying the effectiveness of flushable wipes or revealing the potential dangers of neglecting small leaks, each revelation brings us closer to maintaining a healthy and efficient plumbing system. Armed with accurate information, we can confidently tackle issues and make informed decisions to keep our homes running smoothly. So, let’s embrace the journey of discovery as we shed light on plumbing myths and reveal the truth behind them.

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Flushable Wipes: Dispelling the Myth of Their Flushability

Let’s talk about flushable wipes! Have you ever wondered if they truly dissolve like toilet paper? Well, here’s the scoop: while some brands claim their wipes break down in water, they don’t do so as rapidly as toilet paper. That’s right, it’s a common plumbing myth that flushable wipes are just as safe to flush as toilet paper. Plumbers advise against flushing wipes because they can build up in the pipes, leading to troublesome clogs. Remember, it’s best to stick to flushing only toilet paper to keep your plumbing happy and healthy!

These wipes can pose a risk of clogging not only your toilet but also your home plumbing system. Moreover, they can cause blockages in private and public wastewater systems. Once they reach wastewater treatment facilities, flushable wipes wreak havoc by clogging screens, pipes, pumps, and more. So, next time you’re faced with the decision of whether to flush a wipe, remember: it’s best to stick with just toilet paper for a trouble-free plumbing experience. More plumbing myths debunked!

Small Leak, Big Consequences: Why Ignoring is not an Option

Let’s bust common plumbing myths: just because a drip seems small doesn’t mean it’s insignificant! Even a slow drip can lead to major consequences. Did you know that household leaks waste over 1 trillion gallons of water every year, according to the EPA? That’s a staggering amount! Not only can a leaky faucet hike up your water bill, but it can also pave the way for more serious issues. 

For instance, that persistent drip can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive under your sink. Plus, constant moisture can weaken supporting structures and even damage cabinets. The good news is that fixing a leaky faucet is often a simple and budget-friendly repair. So, don’t underestimate the power of a drip – address it promptly to save water, money, and prevent potential headaches down the line!


Did you know that by addressing leaks, you can make a significant impact on water conservation? On average, household leaks can waste nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year. Surprisingly, around ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more daily! But here’s the good news: many common leaks, such as worn toilet flappers and dripping faucets, are easy to fix with just a few tools and hardware. Not only does fixing these leaks help conserve water, but it can also save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. So, by taking simple steps to address leaks, you’re not only helping the environment but also saving money in the long run!

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More Plumbing Myths Busted: Why Putting a Brick in Your Toilet Tank Isn’t Saving Water”

Let’s debunk a common plumbing myth that’s been circulating for years! You might have heard about the idea of placing a brick or some other object in your toilet tank to save water. While it sounds like a clever trick, there are a couple of things to consider. First off, older toilets are designed to use a lot of water per flush—anywhere from 3 to 7 gallons! This much water is necessary to ensure solid waste gets properly flushed away without needing a double flush. Instead, you’ll end up double flushing.

While a brick might save a tiny bit of water, it could lead to bigger problems down the line. Bricks and other objects can deteriorate over time, potentially messing up your toilet’s flushing mechanism and causing issues with your plumbing. Instead of relying on makeshift solutions, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet that uses only 1.28 gallons per flush. Not only will you save water, but you’ll also avoid costly plumbing problems in the future!

Debunking More Plumbing Myths: Does Running Hot Water Down Your Garbage Disposal Break Up Grease?

Let’s tackle a common plumbing myth together: the idea that it’s okay to pour grease or cooking oils down your drains. It’s not true! Pouring grease down your sink or garbage disposal might seem harmless, especially if you use hot water to wash it away. However, once the grease cools down, it can solidify and coat the inside of your pipes, leading to potential clogs. 

And here’s the kicker: grease and fats act like magnets, attracting other debris like hair and food particles, which can worsen clogs over time. Instead of risking a messy plumbing situation, it’s best to dispose of grease and cooking oils properly by pouring them into a container and throwing them in the trash. By doing so, you’ll keep your pipes clear and avoid any unnecessary headaches later on!

Plumbing Myth about running hot water down your drain to clear grease

Can Ice Cubes Truly Sharpen Your Garbage Disposal Blades?

Let’s debunk a common plumbing myth together: the idea that garbage disposals have blades. Actually, they don’t! Garbage disposals are equipped with impellers that spin around inside. These impellers crush food scraps and break them down into tiny particles. Then, it sends those particles on their way into our sewer system. So, next time you use your garbage disposal, remember that it’s the impellers doing the work, not blades!

Can Lemons Really Clean Your Make My Garbage Disposal Smell Good?

False. Putting lemons or lemon peels down your drain may temporarily make your sink smell better. However, there are products that are more suited and designed for the task that will give your drain a long-lasting smell. In addition, many of these products act as a drain cleaner, deodorizer, eliminate odors, and prevent clogged drains. And to top it off, they cost just a few dollars. So, if you want a long-term, fresh-smelling kitchen drain, make a minor investment and forget the lemon peels. 

Dispelling More Myths: The Truth About the Safety of Liquid Drain Cleaners

Yes, “BRANDED” drain cleaners work wonderfully on minor clogs. Most plumbing companies will tell you they will harm your pipes, but they never quote any scientific evidence showing they harm your plumbing system. However, Liquid Plumr and Draino have been clearing “MINOR” clogs for over 60. Can you imagine a product that has withstood 60 years while harming your pipes

The fact is, these companies have scientific evidence that if used as directed, they will clear your minor clogs. We are not advocates for drain cleaners, but we are for our customers. So, if you have a minor clog in your bathroom caused by black slime (biofilm), use a drain cleaner and save yourself some money. Although, they are not recommended for all clogs and not for toilets. Use as directed! 

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Water Heater Noises: Debunking the Myth of Explosive Risks

Let’s debunk a common plumbing myth that a water heater may explode after making noises: the belief that water heaters are prone to exploding. In reality, water heater explosions are extremely rare occurrences. If you happen to notice any new or unusual sounds coming from your water heater, don’t panic! More often than not, these sounds indicate that your unit simply needs some routine maintenance or a part replaced. 

For instance, rumbling or gurgling noises are typically caused by a sediment buildup inside the tank. While neglecting to address this issue could potentially lead to premature failure of your water heater, it’s important to note that an actual explosion is highly unlikely. By staying proactive with maintenance and promptly addressing any issues, you can keep your water heater running smoothly and your home safe and comfortable. More plumbing myths stopped out!

Rely on Accurate Information and Trusted Professionals at Big B’s Plumbing

Plumbing myths can often lead to costly mistakes and unnecessary headaches. By debunking these myths and understanding the facts behind them, you can better care for your plumbing system and avoid potential issues in the future. Remember, when it comes to your plumbing, rely on accurate information and trusted professionals like Big B’s Plumbing. With proper maintenance and a little know-how, you can keep your plumbing in tip-top shape and enjoy a smoothly running-household for years. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your plumbing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Big B’s Plumbing. We’re here to help!

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My name is Brandon Mageno. I'm the founder, President, and CEO of Big B's Plumbing Company. As the founder, I never thought about being average or good. My passion for being the best plumbing company in Southern California has always been the same. Providing plumbing services to this great county is simply in my DNA. Nothing makes me happier than to see a satisfied customer. Learn More About Us

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