Seven Most Common Plumbing Myths

You may not think very often about the plumbing in your home, but it is a vital part of your house. Without proper plumbing, your family wouldn’t have access to water, showers, toilets, or laundry. In addition, just one plumbing problem could damage the very foundation of your home, if not taken care of properly.

Unfortunately, too many homeowners decide to take plumbing problems into their own hands and they believe the many plumbing myths that have arisen over the years. You can avoid costly problems in your home, by identifying these plumbing myths, in order to avoid them.

1. Noisy Water Heater Might Explode

If you have been told that a noisy water heater is dangerous — think again. While, this noise does indicate that your water heat should be checked and cleaned to improve efficiency, all that banging does not indicate a serious problem that would cause an explosion.

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Baking soda is the safest and the simplest cleaning solution.

2. Use Fixtures with Hand Soap

While hand soap may seem like a convenient cleaning solution for your home fixture, this could actually cause damage. Some metals, such as brass, should only be cleaned with a mild cleaning solutions like baking soda.

3. Leaky Faucet Is Nothing to Worry About

Many homeowners tend to overlook leaky faucets. The problem is that leaky faucets can be more than annoying, they can be very costly too. In fact, a leaky faucet that drips just one drop per second can waste as must water at 180 showers.

4. Pouring Grease Down the Drain is OK

If you have been told that it is OK to pour grease down the drain as long as you pour boiling water down with it, you have been told wrong. It is never OK to pour grease down the drain. Water, boiling or not, will not help break down grease. Overtime, this grease will stick to the sides of your pipes until the drain is completely clogged.

5. You Can Flush More than Toilet Paper

Many people think that you can flush just about anything down the toilet — paper towels, maxi pads, tampons and makeup removal wipes. The truth is that these products are not designed to go down that toilet and they can easily cause a blockage. Nothing, except toilet paper, not even flush-able wipes, should be flushed down the toilet.

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Only toilet paper is allowed to be flushed down the toilet.

6. Clean Your Toilet with Bleach Tablets

Bleach is great for cleaning toilets. However, if left on too long, bleach can start to degrade many of the working parts within the toilet. Bleach should not sit in the toilet more than 10 minutes. The drop-in bleach tablets keep a continuous level of bleach in your toilet, which can cause damage within six months.

7. Any Plumber Can Clear Storm Water Drains

Clearing out storm water drains is not as clear-cut as it may sound. While there are plenty of plumbers still using the standard method to clean these drains, this is not the safest or the most efficient. The Hydro Jetter is the safest, easiest and most efficient way to clear out storm water drains. Unlike the standard method, the Hydro Jetter is longer and can navigate through tight fittings within the drain.

Recognizing these myths could help you save tons of money on expensive plumbing bills later. When unsure of any plumbing solution, it always is best to contact your local plumber to get help from the experts. If you’re looking for professional plumbers with vast experience and expertise to solving any kinds of plumbing problems, contact us today.