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Plumbing issues can be a real headache, but adding to the frustration is the misinformation that’s out there about what homeowners can or cannot do to keep their plumbing running smoothly. There are some popular plumbing myths and misconceptions that can lead to bigger problems if you fall for them. In this blog post, we’ll debunk three common plumbing myths to help you keep your water flowing properly.

Myth 1: Lemon peels are good for your garbage disposal.

While lemon peels can help your garbage disposal smell nice and fresh, they’re not doing your plumbing any favors. The acid in lemon peels can corrode your pipes and result in costly repairs down the road. Instead of using lemon peels or any other citrus fruits, opt for ice cubes instead. Simply put some ice cubes in the disposal and let it grind them up. The ice cubes will help remove any gunk and grease buildup, and it won’t harm your plumbing.

Myth 2: You can flush anything down the toilet.

Ah, the age-old question: Can I flush it down the toilet? The answer is simple: No. While it may seem convenient to flush things like baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, or even dental floss, these items can cause serious plumbing issues. These items can clog your toilet or even create a blockage in your sewer line. If you’re not sure if something is flushable, err on the side of caution and throw it in the trash instead.

Myth 3: If it’s going down the drain, it’s not a problem.

Many homeowners assume that if water is still flowing through their pipes, everything must be fine. However, some common plumbing problems can go unnoticed until they become major issues. A small leak may seem like a minor issue, but it can lead to water damage or mold growth if left untreated. Additionally, pipes that are damaged or corroded can lead to burst pipes, which can cause serious water damage and require costly repairs. If you suspect there may be an issue with your plumbing, don’t wait until it becomes a major problem. Call in a professional plumber to assess the situation and prevent any further damage.


At the end of the day, it’s important to separate plumbing fact from fiction. Avoid these common plumbing myths and take care of your plumbing properly to avoid costly repairs and headaches. At S3 Plumbing, we’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs. Whether you’re dealing with a clog or a leak, our team of experts will be able to identify and fix any issues to keep your plumbing running smoothly. Give us a call today!