Friday, April 3, 2015

Yakima Plumber's Input On Toilet Hard Water Cleaning Video | What They Failed to Tell You!!

Here is a viral video we recently encountered that shows you how to remove hard water stains from your toilet. Many areas in and around Yakima, WA have hard water. So this video is really easy to follow and very useful for learning how to remove those annoying stains that built up in your toilet.


But Wait!!!!!!!!!!

In this video they show you how to use normal household distilled vinegar to affectively remove those hard water stains.

At 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima we have been describing to our customers how to use vinegar to remove stains from plumbing fixtures for a long time. It is very effective and works well.

However!!


As we have extensively written about in previous articles, vinegar is a MAJOR antiseptic. The acidic levels in vinegar are high enough that it works great for cleaning.

BUT here's the catch, you DO NOT want to over use any kind of Antiseptic in your drains. Including antiseptic hand soap or dish washing soap.

The drains within and outside of your home NEED good bacteria inside of them. The good bacterias will eat away at the bad bacterias. As a recent example of the overuse of antibacteria soap, we recently encountered a commercial kitchen sink in a break room at a local Yakima insurance agency where the employees were using both anti-bacteria dish soap as well as anti-bacteria hand soap. I wish I would have taken a picture of that job to show you and clarify the realism of how destructive the anti-bacteria was to their drain system. When we opened the trap under the sink to clean the drain, the p-trap looked like it had one giant black snail/slug living inside of it!! We got the trap cleaned out and cleaned the drain, not once but three times in order to get all of the bacteria buildup removed enough before the sink would drain properly.


So....

Now that you know that vinegar is a major anti-bacteria that will kill off all of the GOOD bacterias that live in your sewer and drain system, how does the above video misinform it's viewers?

Important info

They do not tell you at any point in the video about the recourse of using vinegar as a cleaner AND as a result they do not inform you as the viewer that you will want to flush your toilet several times after the cleaning procedure to dilute the vinegar and help reduce the risk of killing off the good bacteria that resides in your drain pipes.


This article is in no way trying to discredit the above video and it's producers. The information is great and very helpful. We are merely adding our commentary to the video from the standpoint of knowledgeable Yakima plumbers and drain cleaning professionals.

SIDE NOTE: You can also put some vinegar in a plastic sandwich bag and using a rubber band, you can tie that around faucet spouts overnight to remove hard water buildup on your fixtures. You can also use the method described in the video presentation to put around the base of your faucet fixtures.

As Always, we would love to here your comments below.

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