We’ve all had plumbing problems at one point in time or another. We’ve also all been known to put of calling a plumber and using old wives tales to try and fix it ourselves. Luckily, Creekside Plumbing & Construction is here to shut down those harmful myths, and to help you with all your plumbing services!
The 8 Common Plumbing Myths
Save Money with a Brick in the Back of Your Toilet
It’s easy to see why so many people would accept this as truth. After all, wouldn’t a brick cause the water level to rise and save you money? This actually isn’t true, and more often than not the brick causes major damage to the flapper in the toilet. This often leads to leaks, not to mention the breaking and dissolving of the brick too. It’s best to keep bricks out of the bathroom altogether.
Your Rumbling Hot Water Heater is going to Explode
Before everyone freaks out: that’s more than likely not what’s about to happen. Gurgling or rumbling hot water heaters are most common in areas that are dealing with hard water ( water that is heavy in sedimentary). More often than not, the sound is caused by air popping when it’s blocked by the heavy sedimentary. So don’t freak out! It doesn’t hurt, though, to have a plumber regularly drain and flush your water heater.
Flushable Wipes Are Flushable
This myth is technically true, but most plumbers still advise against it. While the wipes are biodegradable enough to be considered safe to flush, they often lead to entire system backups. You’ll just have to trust the experts on this one.
Lemon Peels Makes Your Sink Smell Good
Again, this is also technically true but advised against. If you have a heavy duty garbage disposal, you should be fine, but otherwise, don’t take the chance. You can get the same smell good effect with a simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda, fully dissolved. Just pour it down the drain, and your sink will smell better in no time.
Bleach Toilet Tablets Will Keep My Toilet Clean
In all honesty, those bleach-based toilet tablets can often do more harm than good to a toilet. A heavy enough concentration of bleach can destroy the inner workings of a toilet in as little as six months! It’s better in the longer run, for your toilet, if you spray any bleach based cleaners on and clean them off again as quickly as possible.
A Slow Leaking Faucet isn’t a Problem
Not only are leaking faucets annoying to listen to, they actually cause your water bill to increase more than you would think! Each month, you’re wasting thousands of gallons of water, and money down the drain. Call a plumber out to fix your faucet before it gets any worse!
Hot Grease Down The Sink
It’s ok to pour hot grease down the sink, right? After all, it’s a liquid, so it’s not like it can clog your drain. Wrong. Just because it’s a liquid when you pour it down the sink, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cool off and coat your pipes.
You Can Unclog Your Sink with a Toilet Plunger
This might work on occasion, but it can quickly backfire on you, especially if you have a double sink. Backsplash when plunging sinks can be dangerous, and can cause skin damage depending on the kind of cleaners you’re using to unclog the sink. We highly recommend not using any drain cleaners on your sink, and that you call a professional plumber out to handle it safely.
If you need help with any plumbing services that we covered, then Creekside Plumbing & Construction is here to help! You can call us or contact us today for a free quote! We’ll have your plumbing working correctly in no time flat!