Most people know a thing or two about plumbing – or at least think they know a thing or two about it. In reality, though, a lot of blatantly false stuff gets kicked around out there about how your pipes work. So it’s no wonder that so many people end up calling us wondering where they went wrong after they took advice from someone who didn’t really know what they were talking about. If you are experiencing issues with plumbing, just go straight to the pros – it will help you out in the end. Here are some of the biggest plumbing myths out there that you need to avoid.

You can put whatever you want down the garbage disposal

In terms of food, many people think that you can just put whatever you want down your disposal, and that the razor sharp jaws of it will just shred it up, and get rid of it. The truth is that putting certain things down there is incredibly bad for your system. If you put thick, difficult items down the drain, then you are going to damage it. Also, running water while you do it doesn’t help much either. Avoid items like shells, thick skins, or tough meats or else you’ll be seeing us soon.

Small leaks are not a big deal

Think that a small drip isn’t going to be a big deal? According to some estimates, 10,000 gallons can be wasted a year due to leaks. Even a small one can waste a lot of water. Not only that, but it could cause bigger damage to your system. It could also be a sign of bigger problems. So get it fixed as soon as possible.

Plumber’s putty is permanent

Plumber’s putty is a great tool, and is one of the most common quick-fixes around in terms of piping. Just stick some on a leak, and you can stop water from flowing for quite some time. That doesn’t mean it is a permanent fix, though. That leak or crack is often the sign of a larger problem, and leaving the putty on there isn’t going to fix that. You should have the fixture removed and replaced after some time. Putty is a temporary fix to save you from a water damage disaster – it is not considered to be a long-term solution.

The people who know the most about plumbing are the professionals who get paid to do it. In real life and on the web, there are plenty of people giving you bad advice about how it all works. Make sure not to fall for any of these common plumbing myths, and to always consult the professionals at ClearView for all of your plumbing needs.

Written by Kyle Lumsden

Kyle Lumsden