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Plumbing Facts and Fiction

March 6, 2020   |   Posted by: Admin   |   Categories:

The principles of most residential plumbing systems are simple. Fresh water comes in under pressure through fresh water lines, and waste water is taken away by gravity. Yet, lots of myths about plumbing systems persist. Here are a few of them:


Leaky Faucets Don’t Matter


Some homeowners don’t pay too much attention to a single leaky faucet. However, a leak that persists for a long time adds up to thousands of gallons of wasted water. A leak is also a sign that something is wrong with the plumbing pipes, a fixture or an appliance. It is best to see what is causing the leak and having a plumbing service repair it as soon as practicable.


Water Heaters Explode


This myth is most likely related to the fact that old fashioned boilers have been known to explode in a spectacular fashion, but a water heater is not a boiler. Old water heaters that are not taken care of properly can burst, but they usually don’t shoot up through the house like a rocket. To make sure this doesn’t happen, newer water heaters have valves that vent excess pressure. Badly maintained or ancient water heaters have been known to grumble, growl and make other noises, but this usually means that there’s sediment at the bottom of the tank and that the heater needs to be serviced.


Boiling Water Helps Flush Grease


Boiling water can help unclog a sink if it’s used with baking soda and vinegar. Grease should not come anywhere near a drain. It should be collected in a disposable container and thrown in the trash.


Drains Aren’t Clogged If Water Goes Down Them


A sink or tub that drains quickly is probably a sign that there’s no clog in the pipes. However, if the water takes a long time to drain and has an unpleasant odor and the bathtub and drain in the basement are backed up, there’s most likely a clog somewhere that needs to be fixed by a plumber.


All You Need is a Plunger


Plumbers tell their customers that plungers are only good for small clogs near the drain. If the problem is even a few inches down from the drain, all the effort a person uses to unclog it may be for naught. Big clogs require the attention of a plumber.


Flushable Wipes are Flushable


Though the label may say the wipes are flushable, it is still a better idea to toss them in the garbage can after they’ve been used. According to plumbers, the only things that should go down the toilet bowl are the usual waste material and toilet paper, which was created specifically to be flushed down the toilet.


Ice Cubes Keeps Garbage Disposal Blades Sharp


First, garbage disposal units don’t actually have blades. They have impellers, which resemble teeth more than they resemble blades. Ice cubes can’t sharpen impellers, but they can keep them clean as can eggshells and even broken up coconut husks.


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