Top plumbing Myths – Debunked

Theres a lot of tall tales out there regarding your toilet bowls and drainage systems, and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

 And Unfortunately, the vast majority of plumbing myths end up costing you money! 

We’ve debunked the top plumbing myths here for you.


6 Plumbing Myths – debunked

Drain Cleaners are safe - false

Household drain cleaners rely on powerful chemicals, such as lye, caustic potash, peroxide or bleach. They can be harmful and potentially fatal if inhaled or swallowed.  They can also be harmful to your pipes. These cleaners can’t tell the difference between the blockage and your pipes, and will eat away at everything. Use too much of these products and you may find yourself facing expensive plumbing pipe repairs or replacement. In the place of cleaners, try using a plunger first. After that, you can try a sewer snake, or auger, available at any store that sells plumbing supplies. Simple home remedies may help to clear clogs as well. Try pouring a half cup each of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. Block the sink and allow it to sit for at least half an hour, then follow with hot water.

A Water Heater Will Explode If You Hear it Rumbling - false

If your water heater is making a rumbling or gurgling sound its most likely not going to explode. It probably just needs a good cleaning. The sound is usually the cause of sediment build up in the tank. As steam bubbles rising through the sediment they can produce this sound. If the issue is not addressed, it could lead to early failure of your water heater. If your hearing noises coming from you water heater, we suggest contacting a plumbing professional to inspect and diagnose it for you.

Don't neglect your drains

Often we overlook our drains until they become clogged and stop working properly.  To keep your drains working properly and prevent build up, you can pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down them once a month. You should also use strainers in your sinks and bathtub drains to keep soap and hair out of your plumbing. Harsh chemical drain cleaners can actually do damage to your pipes and might be harmful for the environment, so should be avoided.

A Brick in the Tank of the Toilet Will Save Money

Some allege that putting a brick in the toilet tank can save water, but doing that can keep your toilet from flushing correctly. The concept was simple: a brick would displace water and therefore less water would be used when the toilet was flushed. This may sound like a good idea, but the brick may actually start to break down and mess with your plumbing, which will cause you more problems and cost more money in the future. A brick is made from fired clay, which is tiny soil particles that are pressed together. If placed in water, the brick will slowly degrade and break up and the red colour will spread in the tank and leak into your bowl and pipes. There are simple and effective ways to save water when flushing without using a brick.

‘Flushable’ Wipes

Those “flushable” baby or personal wipes are one of the main culprits for clogging pipes. They don’t break down the way toilet paper does. Cleansing and diaper wipes shouldn’t be flushed (even if they’re labeled as “flushable”) because they’ll clog pipes and sewer systems. Once the wipes start to plug your pipes, other material can cling on as well and you’ll be calling the plumber and spending your hard earned cash to fix it. This problem is spreading out in to sewer systems around the world, which already are being pushed to the limit by growing populations, climate change, insufficient infrastructure investment and other problems. Even if the wipe is labeled as “flushable”, it should still be discarded in to the waste bin.

Hot Water Melts the Grease to Prevent Clogs

Yes hot water does melt grease and washes it down the drain. The problem is, once the grease liquifies and hits your pipes, it cools down and solidifies, eventually causing build up in your pipe. This build up of grease then sticks to other things such as food and hair and creates a clog. These clogs will be further down your pipe as well, so you won’t be able to reach them with a store bought plumbing snake. At that point you will have to call in a professional plumber. But if you use cold water, the grease will actually solidify before it can reach your sewer line. The solidified grease will then float out through your system. That being said, you should avoid putting grease down your drains as much as possible. This will save you headache and money in the future

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