FACT OR MYTH… THE PLUMBER’S TRUTH 

You can unclog a Drain With Vinegar and Baking Soda or Drain Cleaners

MYTH…

A clogged sink is typically caused by the buildup of material such as hair, waste, and makeup. Any kind of liquid drain cleaner will not permanently fix your clogged sink as it can’t dissolve any solids. The result? A nasty leftover sludge that gets absolutely everywhere.

The best and safest solution is to try pouring boiling water down the drain and using a well-made plunger.

Flushable Wipes are Safe for All Bathrooms

MYTH…

Flushable wipes help keep plumbers in business! Once the wipe is flushed, the tight-knit fibers accumulate somewhere down your pipes. The same goes for feminine products, paper towels, and facial tissues. These are an absolute BIG no-no in septic systems.

Bleach Tablets Are the Best Way to Keep the Toilet Clean

FACT…

Yes, it is true that bleaching your toilet will clean and disinfect it. However, bleach can severely damage the inner workings of a bathroom within only a few months. Instead of adding the tablets, pour bleach into the toilet during regular cleanings. But, do not let it sit around longer than 10 minutes.

Safe Instructions –

Grease CAN Go Down the Drain

MYTH…

Grease from cooking oils, cooking meat, and other culinary tasks should NOT go down the drain. The grease typically does not make it all the way down; instead, it sticks to pipes, leading to a major clog later on. Food particles get washed down the sink and stick to the grease. LEADING TO A DISGUSTING MESS.

Instead, let the fat cool and scrape it into a receptacle, like an old tin. Then discard them in your trash.

Take a look at this VIDEO from The City of Burlington, NC. It shows the proper way to dispose of grease & oil.

A Dripping Faucet is NOT a Big Deal

MYTH…

It’s is a very BIG deal and can get extremely expensive! A small drip from your faucet can waste over eight gallons per day. Add that up over the course of a year, and you have a hefty water bill on your hands. Not to mention, a faucet leak can be a clue to an even larger problem. If you can’t identify the cause of the drip, like a faucet left on, then it is time to call a plumber.

In conclusion, when it comes to the care of your sinks and drains take simple precautions. Such as not pouring harmful chemicals and products down the drain or toilet. Be aware of when a leak first starts. This is when you need to act to fix the issue. Following these helpful tips will save you a lot of headache, frustration, and money in the long run.

We have the equipment to handle these issues in a safe and effective way.

Veteran Plumbing
703-791-1339