10 CONVENTIONAL PLUMBING MYTHS DEBUNKED
It is advisable to know the basic do-it-yourself plumbing essentials in order to save BUpenses. However, if plumbing mistakes are made, the problem could be made worse.
Know the following unplugged home plumbing myths to save you from troublesome plumbing issues:
- Plumbing fixtures require no maintenance
Remember that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of (expensive) cure. For a high-efficient plumbing system, it may take some time for problems to arise. However, routine maintenance and inspection is significant in ensuring the smooth operation and proper functioning of the fixtures and fittings. Bear in mind that drain clogs and other serious plumbing issues should be addressed immediately to save not only repair costs but to conserve water as well.
- Ignoring Leaky Taps
Drip, drip, drip. Along with the gallons of water wasted, the higher your water utility bill is driven – literally washing your money down the drain. A leaky tap may seem a minor issue but this can actually pit and stain plumbing fixtures – resulting in major issues later on. Keep the taps on check to prevent from wasting gallons of important natural resources. Besides, you can spare yourself from budget-busting repairs due to a minor condition that was neglected for some time.
It is important to keep the taps in check to budget-busting repairs and prevent wasting gallons of this important natural resource. Typically, dripping taps need the replacement of worn washers. If this does not solve the problem, you may have to change the tap or call the plumber.
- Safe Drain Cleaners
Stubborn clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems. Chemical drain cleaning products are one of the remedies to clear the build-up of materials inside the pipes. However, they have a harmful corrosive effect that eats up the interior walls of the pipes. Instead, use these safer alternatives – the use of the plunger, a drain snake, or a vinegar and baking soda solution.
- Fear of the “Exploding” Water Heater
A water heater usually produces banging or bubbling sound that home-owners might misinterpret as a sign of imminent explosion. Actually, that is just an indication of a hard water sediment build-up inside the tank. The sediment build-up reduces heating performance and wastes energy so it is advisable to seek for a qualified plumber to drain the heater and flush out the sediment.
- The “Flushable Product” Misconception
Contrary to some wipes labelled as flushable, they can actually cause serious clogs in the plumbing system for they do not break down easily compared to toilet paper. Other products mistakenly thought of as flushable include paper towels, condoms, floss, and tampons. Home-owners should provide a garbage can inside the toilet room so that the disposed trash would be tossed in it, not flushed down the toilet.
- “Low Water Pressure is Typical.”
Low water pressure often occurs due to pipe leaks. Make sure there are no traces of water puddles in the plumbing network. If there are any, seek a professional plumber to address the issue, diagnose the cause and make the necessary repairs.
- “You can put anything at the garbage disposal.”
It is advisable to avoid flushing greasy products such as oil, fat and grease down the drain. They are prone to coating over the blades, minimising effectiveness and creating stubborn clogs.
Fibrous / stringy food (such as potato skins and celery strings), eggshells, bones, and pasta-like substances can also clog the drains. Non-food items such as cigarette butts, unused medications, and hair ties should also be disposed properly since they do not break enough to wash down the drain.
- Lemon Peels as Deodoriser
Some people grind lemons and use them to deodorise and freshen the disposal. But its citric acid component has a corroding effect to the metal inside the disposal unit which damages it. Instead, throw some ice cubes in the garbage disposal to remove the knock off gunk from and blades, and sharpen them as well. Adding some salt will also increase the scrubbing effect of the ice cubes.
- A Brick in the Toilet Tank Saves Water
Bricks and other makeshift fixes will eventually obstruct the tank flapper valve as they shift in flushing currents and dissolve over time. Hence, displacing the water in the tank with a brick make users flush twice to get the same flushing power as before. It will also damage the other parts of your toilet.
Instead, adjust the valve or upgrade to a new toilet to reduce flush volume. Make sure the toilet meets the high-efficiency standards of 1.6 gallons per flush.
- Hot water as a Grease Remover
Although hot water can rinse away the grease and fat from pots and pans, it does not have the same effectiveness when it comes to drains and the insides of the pipes. As a matter of fact, once the hot water cools down, it may harden the grease accumulation which makes full-on clogs that are harder to remove. The best thing to do is not to rinse grease and oils should down the drain to avoid piping issues.
There are numerous myths and misconceptions that are seem to be passed on from generation to generation. But modern living may depend on the Internet and other resources to clarify all the misinformation. Do not hesitate to seek professional opinions since your finances and peace of mind are the one that will be compromised when issues arise.