Without the right plumbing, we can’t have access to showers, toilets, clean drinking water, and laundry options. That makes plumbing one of the critical systems in the house. But when you are accustomed to DIYing plumbing issues, you may believe certain things that are not true. Let’s debunk some of those plumbing myths.
Myth: Placing a Brick in the Toilet Bowl Saves Money
Fact: People believe that placing a brick in the toilet bowl will save money because it means less water in the tank. Unfortunately, this practice is harmful because the brick will decay and crumble, eventually damaging your toilet’s mechanism. If you are concerned about how much water your toilet uses, talk to a plumber about low-flush toilet models.
Myth: “Flushable Wipes” Can’t Do Damage
Fact: Even if wipes are labeled as flushable, do not flush them down the toilet. Unlike toilet paper, wipes don’t flow smoothly or dissolve in water. They only end up causing blockages in your drain system.
Myth: Slow Faucet Leaks Aren’t Harmful
Fact: You may think a slow-leaking faucet is harmless because the water loss seems minimal. But if you don’t fix it soon, it can lead to a significant water bill. Hire an experienced plumber to fix the leak as soon as you notice it.
Myth: Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Safe
Fact: When a homeowner encounters a blocked drain, the go-to solution is a chemical drain cleaner. But as the chemical eliminates the blockage, it also eats away at the pipe. In addition, these chemicals are toxic, and even a small amount on your skin can burn. If your drainage is clogged, let a professional plumber handle it.
Myth: Your Water Heater Will Explode if It Produces Rumbling Noises
Fact: Rumbling or gurgling noises from the water heater don’t mean it is about to explode. Most likely, a lot of sediment has built up inside the tank. That noise is caused by steam bubbles as they make their way through the sediment. Address the issue immediately to prevent premature damage.
Myth: Fluctuating Water Pressure Is Normal
Fact: If your home’s water pressure varies from time to time, don’t ignore it as that signifies a faulty plumbing system. Water pressure needs to remain stable. Fluctuations mean there is a clog or leak around the pipes, and you need a professional plumber to check it out.
If you have a plumbing issue in your home and are unsure how to fix it, do not be misguided by myths. Talk to Knight’s Mechanical and see how we can help solve any plumbing issues in your home.