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Often times we receive calls that result from customers believing the following myths. Allow us, Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning to bust the myths and give some alternative techniques.

  1. Putting lemons down your disposal

This trick is commonly used to help freshen the smell of the disposal. What is little known is that the citric acid from the lemons can actually cause corrosion of your garbage disposal. Over time this can lead to expensive issues and even needing to replace the entire disposal. Instead of lemons, use ice cubes. They will rid your disposal of odor and polish and clean the inside of your disposal!

  1. Running water while using your garbage disposal makes everything ok

This is not completely a myth. You definitely should run the water while you use your garbage disposal. The myth is that running the water allows you to put the entire contents of your refrigerator down the disposal. Additionally, there are foods that should never be put down the disposal, such as shrimp shells and crab legs. If you HAVE to put greasy food down the disposal the best option is to run very hot water while using the disposal. If you’re worried about the disposal smelling from the food and garbage day isn’t the next day, consider freezing the food in a trash bag until garbage day. To help the disposal, break down food before grinding and adhere to the 4:1 rule. This rule instructs 4 cups of water for every 1 cup of food put down the disposal.

  1. If it goes down the drain, everything is fine

If everything washes down the sink or tub without issue everything is fine right? This isn’t necessarily true. Although your drains are running smoothly, objects such as hair can build up over time and cause future issues. To prevent expensive plumbing servicing, invest in a hair screen to protect your drain. This small preventative measure can save you a lot of money! If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and find an issue with your drains, call us at Sirius to help.

  1. A dripping faucet is to be expected.

This is perhaps one of the most common myths. People think that a dripping or leaking faucet is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Contrarily, a dripping faucet can be an indicator of larger underlying issues. Especially here in the Dallas Fort Worth area, water is a precious thing. On average, a dripping faucet wastes about 500 gallons of water per year. That is equal to eleven bath tubs full of water! Even if you think your dripping faucet is insignificant, contact a plumber. Fix your dripping faucets quickly to save money and water.

We hope that busting these few plumbing myths will help you. If you find yourself needing plumbing or air conditioning service, Sirius PAC is here to help. We service the Dallas/Forth Worth area with only the best technicians. Call us today at 972-235-6600 or for even faster service visit