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Myths exist in many forms. There are those that believe that if you swallow chewing gum, it will stay in your stomach for seven years (not true!). Similarly, there are myths that need to be debunked when it comes to plumbing. Below are five of the most common plumbing myths and the truth behind them. This can help you make better plumbing choices in the future.

Myth #1: Putting lemons down your garbage disposal will make your kitchen smell fresh and clean the disposal at the same time.

TRUTH: The truth is lemons can actual damage your disposal due to their citric acid. The acid can corrode the metal components inside the disposal. Try to stay away from putting citric fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes down your disposal.

TIP: Use ice in your disposal to clean the components inside the unit.

Myth #2: You should always run water while using the garbage disposal to flush waste more smoothly.

TRUTH: Running water does not actually make the waste in your disposal travel better. Actually the opposite is true. Running water during operation can waste water and does not solve the problem of clogged or jammed food in the unit.

TIP: Fill your sink with water up to half the area of the sink while running the disposal. This way, waste and water both flow down the drain smoothly.

Myth#3: Using soap and water on faucets and fixtures will make them look clean.

TRUTH: Soap and water is great for cleaning your hands and clothes but it is not good for bathroom fixtures or faucets. Using soap and water on faucets can lead to corrosion and peeling, making the metal look damaged. It can also cause problems with fixtures.

TIP: Use a cleaner that is specifically designed for use on fixtures and faucets to clean and protect the finish.

Myth #4: If the drain is flowing smoothly then everything is fine.

TRUTH: Food particles can slip down the drain and block the drain line. Water that continuously flows down the drain can be misleading, since it does not necessarily mean the drain is clear. Some foods such as rice and pasta can bloat and get bigger in size once water is added. This bloating can cause clogged pipes that can lead to backed up drain lines.

TIP: Use drain filters and screen in the kitchen and bathroom to help alleviate this problem. Be sure to clean the screens regularly to keep the extra particles from slipping down the drain.

Myth #5: All plumbers are the same and know how to fix problems.

TRUTH: This is the number one plumbing myth. Not all plumbers are created equal! Plumbers vary when it comes to experience, skills, knowledge of plumbing tools, abilities and problem solving. As with any other profession, it is best to do a little research.

Arch Plumbing is located in St Charles, Missouri and has been in the service business since 2008 providing quality plumbing services.

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