Any homeowner will tell you that part of maintaining a house is doing the necessary sewer repairs and plumbing repairs. After all, having a functional and safe home plumbing system is essential. Unfortunately, it can be quite costly, which is why many homeowners pick their battles and cut corners when possible.
However, in order to save money in the long run, it is important to be aware of what plumbing myths are true, and which are costing you a lot of money.
Myth #1: Lemons Will Freshen Your Garbage Disposal
Yes, lemons will probably make your garbage disposal and sink smell better for a short time, but the truth is that the acidity in lemons can corrode the inside of your sink and garbage disposal, resulting in some big costs when you eventually have to replace those parts. Try ice instead — it will help clean out some stinky gunk without hurting any parts.
Myth #2: Dripping Faucets are O.K.
Many people don’t bother fixing a drippy faucet, especially if they don’t have to be within earshot of it very often. However, ignoring that persistent “plop” can cost a surprisingly large amount. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That will weigh heavily upon both your water bill and your environmental conscience.
Myth #3: Preventative Maintenance is a Waste
Granted, it is very hard to justify the cost of fixing something that doesn’t seem to be broken, but it can save you a lot of time and money later on. But, in the same way that frequent servicing for your car is absolutely essential, the same goes for your plumbing system. For instance, depending on how many people live in your house and how much water is used, professionals need to pump septic tanks once every five to seven years — and neglecting this might cause a very inconvenient sewer line repair. Also, if you have an old system, you may need extra maintenance — if it is over 40 years old, it may need replacing entirely.
So, whether you live in your own house or own commercial property, it’s probably time to invest in sewer inspections, sewer line repair, commercial plumbing services, and other plumbing repair services!