Happy April Fool’s Day! While no one knows exactly how this day began or how it even originated, April Fool’s Day is all about fun and laughter in the spirit of lighthearted fun. We hope you enjoy your day but be sure to stay alert and on your toes! We have chosen to take a slightly different approach today. When it comes to plumbing, there’s no joking around. Keeping your home and plumbing system in top-notch shape is vital. At Lancaster Plumbing & Drain, we’re dedicated to upholding integrity and being transparent, so we think there is no time like the present to bust some false information. Join us as we shed light on some common plumbing myths and provide you with the best practices to maintain a healthy plumbing system. 

Plumbing Myth 1 – Store-Bought Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Safe 

  • Myth: One of the most widespread plumbing myths revolves around the use of store-bought chemical drain cleaners. While they might seem like a quick and efficient fix for clogs, they often do more harm than good. This is because these harsh chemicals not only dissolve the clog but also corrode your pipes, leading to major damage and leaks. Not to mention they also pose health hazards and environmental risks.  
  • Counter This Myth: Instead, when dealing with a clog, you should opt for mechanical methods like plunging or using drain snakes. For those extra stubborn clogs, consider consulting a licensed plumber. Remember, prevention is better than cure, so putting drain screens over your drains can significantly help to prevent the chances of future clogs. 

Plumbing Myth 2 – Hot Water Clears Grease Down the Drain 

  • Myth: Another myth is that hot water can effectively rinse away grease down the drain. While this may help you in the moment, it only leads to trouble in the long run. This is because hot water only liquefies grease temporarily but solidifies within the pipes, leading to extreme blockages. 
  • Counter This Myth: You should properly dispose of grease by collecting it in a container and throwing it in the trash to prevent costly plumbing issues.

Plumbing Myth 3 – Flushable Wipes Are Safe for Toilets 

  • Myth: Flushable wipes are every plumber’s nightmare. Many people believe that flushable wipes are indeed flushable. And they wouldn’t be wrong to believe so, since they are marketed as such! However, despite being labeled as “flushable,” wipes do not really break down like toilet paper and therefore can result in extreme and expensive blockages with consistent use.  
  • Counter This Myth: Please, stick to flushing only toilet paper down the toilet. If you still need to utilize wipes, just dispose of wipes in the trash to avoid plumbing emergencies. 

Plumbing Myth 4 – Feminine Hygiene Products Can Be Flushed 

  • Myth: On the same note, just like wipes, it’s also a common misconception that feminine hygiene products are safe to flush. Generally, most people are aware that pads and liners are not flushable, but all feminine hygiene products, including tampons, should not be flushed. These products are designed to soak up liquid and, therefore, expand even further when in contact with water. So, just like wipes, with repeated patterns, flushing these can cause severe blockages in your plumbing system over time.  
  • Counter This Myth: Properly dispose of all feminine hygiene products in the trash to prevent damage to your plumbing system. Additionally, educate household members about proper disposal practices to avoid potential plumbing disasters. 
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Don’t be fooled and fall prey to these plumbing myths! By avoiding chemical drain cleaners, properly disposing of grease, wipes, and feminine hygiene products, you can maintain a healthy plumbing system. Preventative care is the best care. Need plumbing advice? Seeking guidance from a professional plumber is always advisable for accurate information and expert advice. If you’re looking for more plumbing care tips on how to take care of your home and plumbing system, feel free to check out the rest of our informational blogs! 

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