Four Different Plumbing Fixture Maintenance Myths

4 Plumbing Fixture Maintenance MythsEveryone knows that their plumbing fixtures, like anything else, require regular maintenance and upkeep. However, we here at Domco Plumbing would like to dispel several myths surrounding plumbing fixture maintenance. The four different plumbing fixture maintenance myths to look out for are:

  1. Lemons will keep your garbage disposal clean.
  2. Pouring hot water down running garbage disposal clears clogs.
  3. Hand soap works to clean plumbing fixtures.
  4. If your drain empties, then you don’t have a clog.

To help you in your quest for perfect plumbing fixtures, let’s discuss each of the previously mentioned myths. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Myth 1 – Lemons Will Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clean

While it’s true that tossing a couple of lemon skins in the garbage disposal is a great way to improve the smell, lemons don’t do anything to clean it. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and some warm water to clean and sanitize your garbage disposal the right way. However, before you start, make sure you turn off the power at your disposal. Otherwise, you risk serious injury. Furthermore, while cleaning your disposal, watch out for the gears, as they can seriously cut up your hands.

Myth 2 – Pouring Hot Water Down a Running Disposal Clears Clogs

It’s utterly staggering how many people think that they can put pretty much anything they want down the disposal as long as they run hot water at the same time. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that there are several things that you should never, ever, under any circumstances, put down on your garbage disposal. Some of those things include:

  • Bones
  • Celery, carrots, and other firm and fibrous vegetables
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit pies (or pies of any kind, for that matter)
  • Pasta
  • Grease and fat
  • Potato peels

Myth 3 – Hand Soap Works to Clean Plumbing Fixtures

You’d be surprised how many people think that hand soap makes a beautiful faucet and shower cleanser. What’s more, depending on the type of fixtures you have, hand soap may damage your fixtures. Clean brass fixtures, for example, with gentle chemicals such as lemon quarters and powdered baking soda. However, for germ hotspots like toilet bowls, you’ll need an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection.

Myth 4 – If Your Drain Clears, Then You Don’t Have A Clog

In any event, when your garbage disposal is working, it may still have an obstruction. One of the early warning signs of a looming issue is a slow-moving drain or waste pieces that find their way back into your sink. If you notice one or both of these signs when you use your disposal, it’s got a clog. Quit using it immediately until you have the clog removed.


There you have it: four different plumbing fixture maintenance myths to avoid as you would the bubonic plague. However, if you need help with any plumbing problem, please don’t hesitate to call. Our team of Domco Plumbing contractors is always standing by to help you with all your plumbing problems, big and small.