5 Things You Never Knew About Your Home Plumbing

5 Things You Never Knew About Your Home Plumbing

Plumbing is a very important part of your home. Knowing how to properly care for your home will prevent you from having serious issues like broken pipes and flooding. With routine maintenance and upgrades on your home from time to time, you will be able to save money and keep your home in the best condition possible. Call your local Arlington Plumber for help if you do have plumbing problems. Here are 5 things you may want to learn about plumbing:

  1. Putting lemons down your garbage disposal can actually shorten it’s lifespan. Many people will cut up a lemon and toss it down the garbage disposal thinking that it will clean it and will freshen the air. While it might smell pleasant, the lemon actually has natural acids in it and the juice will actually corrode the metal in your disposal. What this means is that you will end up replacing the disposal years before you need to. If you really want to clean it out use some ice. The ice actually helps to remove leftover food particles and other things.  However if the smell of lemons is what you enjoy, there are plenty of disposal cleaners that you can purchase from trusted brands like Liquid Plumber and they provide you with the fresh lemon scent along with a clean, bacteria-free disposal.
  2. Want to save money on energy? Reduce the temperate setting on your water heater. Each time you turn down the knob by 10 degrees, the water heater will consume 3 to 5% less energy than before!
  3. If your toilet isn’t installed properly, it can lead to serious injuries. Did you know that there are 40,000 people in America injured by toilets each year? If your toilet isn’t installed properly, you could easily be one of them!
  4. Vinegar will clean out your toilet better than cleaning liquids. Many people purchase the cleaning tablets at the store along with a handful of cleaners to make sure the toilet is germ free when in fact simple white vinegar will do the trick. Your desk at work us likely to contain 400 times more bacteria than what your average toilet seat contains! Pretty shocking to see how much money we waste on grime and bacterial cleaners when $1.99 white vinegar will do much more for our toilets!
  5. Water will not be able to prevent a pipe from getting clogged. It’s easy for drain pipes to become corroded over the years and for waste that goes down the drain to cause it to clog up. Water will aid in pushing waste from your drain but letting hot water or a small flow of water drip down the drain will not unclog it. If you want to unclog it you will need baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Pour ½ a box of baking soda down the drain and ½ bottle of vinegar and cover it with an old rag for 30 minutes. Then you want to SLOWLY pour about 2 cups of HOT water down the drain and it the clog should be completely removed!