15 Nov 6 Common Plumbing Myths That Could Be Costing You Money
While it’s easy to believe conventional plumbing wisdom that’s been passed down through generations as true, perpetuating common plumbing myths can be both harmful to your plumbing, and cost you money. Here we tackle these plumbing myths head on and unplug common misconceptions for more efficient, safer and cost effective plumbing.
Myth 1: A Leaky Tap Isn’t A Real Problem
While a leaky tap might not seem like a big deal and it may not cause you any inconvenience beyond a constant ‘drip, drip’ sound throughout your home, a leaking tap can be a significant and costly issue. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that a leak in a single household could amount to 2600 gallons of wasted water per year, wasting one of most precious natural resources and unnecessarily increasing your water costs. Your local plumber can quickly and easily fix your leaking tap, removing that dripping sound and helping you to conserve water.
Myth 2: Once Flushed It’s Forgotten!
Many people see the toilet flush as the ideal garbage disposal, and believe that anything can be flushed down the toilet. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The only items that should ever be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Any other waste or garbage could lead to sewage system blockages and infiltration of the sewage system with foreign articles and contaminants. Click here for an article about some of the things you should never flush down your toilet!
Myth 3: If Water Is Still Going Down The Drain, It’s Not Clogged
Just because water is still flowing down your drain, toilet or disposal, it doesn’t mean that a clog is not forming deep within the plumbing or the pipes. Always be careful with what you put down the sink or the toilet, and if you notice any warning signs like a slower draining rate or more frequent minor blockages, call your professional plumber immediately to investigate what might be happening deeper in your pipes.
Myth 4: Most Plumbing Issues Can Be Solved With DIY Solutions
While many creative DIY solutions for common plumbing issues exist, from throwing boiling water, vinegar and baking soda down a clogged drain or using lemon to clean a sink disposal, these treatments are often ineffective, or worse, cause further issues. If you’re facing an issue with your plumbing, your best and safest bet is a consultation with a qualified and respected local plumber for a treatment that effectively corrects the problem the first time.
Myth 5: Limescale is Unsightly, And Not Harmless
If you notice limescale in your appliances, water heater or plumbing fittings, it could be a sign that you have hard water. While limescale might seem harmless, it can coat and block pipes and appliances over time, reducing their efficiency and even causing blockages. Talk you your plumber about water softening options or ways to manage limescale in your pipes and appliances.
Myth 6: Plumbing Fixtures Require Little Maintenance
Because many of us aren’t aware of the issues that can arise with our plumbing fixtures, fittings and appliances we can often have a ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to maintaining our plumbing. Only a qualified plumber understands what maintenance your plumbing and pipes really need to stay functional and healthy, so be sure to talk to your plumber about regular plumbing maintenance and how you can keep your plumbing more effective and functional.
While plumbing myths can lead to issues and big expenses if something goes wrong, consulting with your local plumber about safe and effective care and maintenance is the best way to keep your plumbing functioning smoothly and efficiently.