10 Plumbing Myths Busted

Toilets Flush The Other Direction in Australia

Much to the chagrin of Bart Simpson, the toilets do not flush in the other direction south of the equator. The idea kind of stems from something known as the Coriolis Effect, which is why cyclones rotate. Cyclones do rotate in opposite directions between the Northern and Southern hemispheres but there is not enough water in toilets to produce the effect. Plus, the direction toilets drain is determined by the jets.

Ice Cubes Will Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades

It’s hard to imagine ice could sharpen the “blades” of a garbage disposal but somehow that has gotten perpetuated. Perhaps that’s because people have recommended using ice cubes to clean a disposal. Garbage disposals don’t have blades, but instead have two teeth-like features called impellers that grind any solids into a liquid as the unit spins.

A Brick in the Tank of the Toilet Will Save Money

Some allege that putting a brick in the toilet tank can save water, but doing that can keep your toilet from flushing correctly. If you need a better performing toilet.

Hot Water Melts the Grease to Prevent Clogs

Sure, hot water melts the grease and washes it down the drain. But once the liquefied grease hits the pipes, it cools, solidifies and eventually builds up. The grease is a magnet for food bits, lint and hair, eventually clogging the pipe. And those clogs are so far away you can’t reach them with a household snake. Calling in a pro to clear the line will cost you about $150. Cold water, on the other hand, solidifies the grease b