Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a noise coming from your water heater, it can be difficult to know if your plumbing situation is normal or requires the help of a professional plumber. Knowing the severity of problems and knowing when to enlist professional plumbing services can be even harder, however, when you’re dealing with myths and half-truths.
To help, here are the top six plumbing myths busted.
Myth 1: You can flush flushable wipes
Flushable wipes are tricky.
Companies go through a wide variety of tests to make sure that their wipes are easy to flush, thus earning them the title of “flushable” wipes. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re good for your plumbing systems. In fact, once your flush wipes and they’re within your pipes, they can cause a variety of problems, from simple issues like clogging to more serious concerns that require the help of a professional.
Myth 2: Leaky faucets aren’t a big deal
Most of the time, leaky faucets are the indication of a bigger problem going on in your plumbing system that you may not be able to see. As a result, it’s important to treat every leaky faucet seriously to make sure no costly damage occurs.
Fixing a leaky faucet sooner rather than later can also help conserve energy, prevent water loss, and keep your utility bill from skyrocketing.
Myth 3: Noises from your water heater means it will explode
Your water heater has many parts, most of which are almost always working. As a result, hearing noise from your water heater usually isn’t an issue.
If you’re concerned, you can always reach out to a professional plumbing company for an inspection.
Myth 4: You can pour grease down the drain if you mix it with boiling water
Boiling water will only get your grease so far. Eventually, the water will cool and the grease will solidify in your pipes, causing a difficult and expensive problem.
Myth 5: You can DIY a lot of plumbing jobs
Around your home, there are a lot of projects you can DIY. You can even DIY some minor plumbing jobs, such as plunging a stopped toilet.
However, when it comes to more severe issues, it’s always best to call a professional plumber rather than try to do it yourself. Not only does this help ensure the best results but it also helps prevent any complications that could damage your plumbing system.
Myth 6: Using draino is a good thing for your plumbing system
Using chemical drain cleaners from your local plumbing supply store isn’t necessarily a bad thing for your plumbing system, but it’s not the best either for two reasons.
First, while chemical drain cleaners like draino are safe for your pipes, they are corrosive enough that they could crack your ceramic bowl, damage your PVC pipes, or even erode the glue holding your plumbing system together.
They’re also a temporary solution to a long-term problem that could grow worse over time. If you’re struggling with flushing your toilet or getting your bathtub and sinks to drain, while the professional use of a drain cleaner could be beneficial, it’s better to look into professional plumbing services to help prevent the problem from recurring.
Discerning true plumbing issues from myths can be difficult, but finding a solution doesn’t have to be. When you have concerns about your plumbing, the best thing you can do is hire a professional plumber to efficiently fix any problems while helping to prevent them from coming back.JJ’s Plumbing is a family-owned and operating plumbing company dedicated to providing expert services as well as giving back to the community. To learn more or to hire our professional plumbing services, contact us at 1-604-479-2232 or through our website.