If you have wrong information, you can lose money.  In everything. In finance. In college scholarships. In auto repairs. And in home plumbing. So how do you know if you have the wrong information? Maybe you don’t.  But we can help with some of that.

One of the biggest mistakes in home plumbing is the misinformation that chemicals strong enough to dissolve hair and other debris in a clog is somehow not so strong that it will damage your pipes.  Maybe the idea is that it moves past the pipe fabrication too quickly to cause damage, but that simply isn’t true.  If you have a clog that stops fluids from flowing, you have a clog that will trap the chemicals as well, and as they eat through the clog, they don’t politely refuse to eat into pipe material.

Another great myth is that you don’t need to check your pipes unless you have a clog.  If you wait until the water isn’t moving, you may have a bigger repair than a clog.  Particularly in the big lines that run through your yard, you have the chance of getting roots growing through the lines, and you won’t know there’s a problem until the problem is big enough to cost a lot more.

How about myths concerning what should go down a sink garbage disposal?  Anything but pits, you’ve been told.  And maybe not potato peelings.  Actually, you shouldn’t put any peelings down the in-sink disposal.  Egg shells can cause a clog.

And popcorn isn’t your friend.  Why? Because those unpopped kernels can get stuck in the mechanism of the grinder, causing you to need someone to come and repair it.  Maybe avoid anything you can easily put in the trash and leave the in-sink disposal for things that are small bits, still on the plate when the big stuff is gone.