By an estimate performed by the US Geological Survey, it takes about 15,140 drips of water to amount to a whole gallon. It seems like a lot of drips to get there at first. But at the rate of a slow drip, it will reach about 5 gallons in as little as a day! Over the course of a year, that one dripping faucet will waste around 2,000 gallons.
That may not be expensive, but it adds to the impact on the environment. Simply getting all leaky fixtures repaired is helping to do your part in being more green.
Myth #2 – Pouring Grease Down the Drain is Okay With Hot Water
You have probably heard that you shouldn’t pour grease down your drain. It solidifies later in your pipes.
To try to combat this, some people use scalding hot water to help dilute the grease and wash it away. It might help flush some of it away…but never underestimate the power of grease. It sticks to your pipes and begins to form a layer that will thicken over time into a clog.
Best case scenario? It forms a clog closer to your drain. Worst case scenario? You’re looking at an expensive sewer line clog that will be your responsibility.
The simple solution is to pour hot grease into a disposable can to throw in the trash.
Myth #3 – Flush Toilet Paper – and Disposable Wipes
Even when advertised as flushable, you can’t necessarily trust a product to be flushable. If you’re dubious of this claim, there is a simple experiment you can try.
Leave a wipe in a pan of water, and compare it to a piece of toilet paper in a pan of water. When the toilet paper first starts to turns to mush, the wipe will still probably still be completely intact.