It’s rare for the average homeowner to be a plumbing expert, so don’t feel down if you believe some common plumbing myths.

One rumor can quickly turn a misconception into a plumbing truth, which is why we’re here — to help set the record straight!

MYTH: A leaky faucet is no big deal.
FACT: Once a drip starts, it can wear out the faucet and lead to costly repairs or replacement items. Also, a leaky faucet is harmful to the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually.

MYTH: The loud noises coming from your water heater mean it’s going to explode.
FACT: Don’t panic — your water heater is functioning properly. The sounds you are hearing are a result of sediment collected in the tank. However, if your water heater is more than 15 years old, you should consider a replacement.

MYTH: You don’t need to think about your pipes unless they’re clogged.
FACT: Even though your water is draining now, that doesn’t mean you don’t have any clogs or buildup in your pipes. Debris from food in the kitchen sink or hair from the bathroom can accumulate over time. Always practice good drain hygiene and schedule maintenance checkups with your local plumber!

MYTH: Lemons clean your garbage disposal
FACT: While running a lemon down your garbage disposal may make your drain smell better, it won’t actually make it clean. Read your manual to find out the proper maintenance for your garbage disposal in order to keep it running in peak form.

If you need a service performed on your plumbing system, choose Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. We are fully licensed, insured and have many years of experience in the residential plumbing industry. Call (540) 942-2700 to make an appointment.

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