When it comes to plumbing, there are numerous myths and misconceptions that can lead to costly mistakes or even dangerous situations. At Tri-County Plumbing, we believe in educating our customers and debunking these myths to ensure their safety and peace of mind. In this blog post, we’ll address some of the most common plumbing myths and provide you with the facts.

Myth #1: Putting Lemons Down the Disposal Will Clean It

While lemons may have a fresh, citrusy scent, they won’t effectively clean your disposal. In fact, the acidic nature of lemons can actually cause damage to the disposal’s components. Instead, consider using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or investing in a commercially available disposal cleaner.

Myth #2: A Brick in the Toilet Tank Saves Water

This myth suggests that placing a brick in the toilet tank will displace water and reduce the amount used per flush. However, modern toilets are designed to be water-efficient, and adding a brick can actually lead to clogs, leaks, and damage to the tank. Save water by upgrading to a WaterSense-labeled toilet instead.

Myth #3: Drain Cleaners Are Safe for All Pipes

  • Chemical drain cleaners are highly corrosive and can damage pipes, especially older ones.
  • They can also release harmful fumes and potentially react with other substances in the drain.
  • It’s safer to use a plunger, enzymatic cleaners, or call a professional plumber for stubborn clogs.


At Tri-County Plumbing, we are committed to providing our customers with reliable and accurate information. By debunking these common plumbing myths, we hope to empower you to make informed decisions about your plumbing needs. Remember, if you ever have any concerns or questions, our team of experienced plumbers is always here to help.