Are These Myths Affecting the Plumbing in Your Cincinnati Home?

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Like a lot of things, you can’t always believe what you hear when it comes to the plumbing in your Cincinnati area home. In fact, you may have succumbed to a few plumbing myths in your lifetime without even realizing it. These are our favorites that often seem to plague homeowners:

  • MYTH: A small leak isn’t a big deal. This is probably the myth that causes the most damage. If a faucet is leaking, it’s almost always indicative of either an existing or looming bigger problem. Plus, even a small drip can waste a lot of water on a daily basis. If you can’t fix the leak, call a plumbing professional who can.
  • MYTH: The water heater is about to blow up. If you’ve ever heard a loud rumbling, banging noise from the water heater, you may have thought to yourself that it was literally going to explode. Luckily, there’s no need for panic, as this just indicates that sediment at the bottom of the tank is blocking heated air from rising normally, resulting in loud popping sounds. Drain the tank and you’re good to go.
  • MYTH: Orange or lemon peels are safe for garbage disposals. A common method of helping your garbage disposal and drain smell better is to thrown in a few peels. While this does work, not all disposals are powerful enough to chop them up properly. Consult the manual that came with the appliance or contact the manufacturer to inquire. An alternative, though, is to pour vinegar into the sink instead.
  • MYTH: Flushable wipes are flushable. This isn’t exactly truth in advertising, is it? Technically, these types of wipes can be flushed down the toilet, but so can small rubber balls and toy cars if you’re intent on flushing them (just ask your kids). While they may flush fine, you may also end up with a clogged drain.

For more expert advice on plumbing myths or any other home comfort concerns, contact the professionals at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of the greater Cincinnati area and the surrounding communities since 1910.

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