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5 Common Plumbing Myths Debunked

Common plumbing myths debunked

Every homeowner has heard a plumbing myth that is "guaranteed" to save them money and assist them with managing plumbing issues. While there are plenty of steps you can take to care for your home plumbing, it's important to separate the fact from fiction. Otherwise, you can risk causing major damage to your home's plumbing. Below, we debunk the most common plumbing myths.

We've all heard old wives' tales about caring for your home. Some of these myths are relatively harmless, but when it comes to plumbing, you don't want to rely on unsupported methods, or else you can risk causing severe damage to your home. Here are five of the most common plumbing myths and the truth behind them.

Myth: Small Faucet Leaks Are Harmless

A small leak coming from your faucet might seem more irritating than dangerous, but it's something that needs to be addressed. Allowing the faucet to leak for too long wastes water, potentially increases your water bill, and can eventually cause damage to your pipes. If you cannot fix a leak yourself, call a professional plumber to address it.

Myth: Bricks In Back Of The Toilet Reduce Water Usage And Save Money

Some homeowners have gotten into the habit of putting bricks inside their toilet to reduce the amount of water it uses, which they believe will lower their water bill. A brick can damage your flapper, forcing you to have to flush twice when using the toilet, ultimately costing you more in water usage. Bricks should never be placed inside toilets.

Myth: Wet Wipes Can Be Flushed

Wet wipes are not as biodegradable as actual toilet paper. Each time you flush a wet wipe down the drain, you risk clogging and backing up your plumbing system. If you need to dispose of a wet wipe, use the trash can.

Myth: Liquid Drain Cleaners Are 100% Safe

Liquid drain cleaners should only be used as an absolute last resort. Using them too frequently can cause erosion to your pipes and water system. They can also cause harm if there is splash-back while pouring them into your drain or toilet. If you need to clear a simple clog, use a plunger or an auger. In the case of major drain clogs, we recommend contacting a plumbing expert.

Myth: Your Water Heater Will Explode If It Starts Rumbling

It's normal to be a little concerned when you hear your water heater rumbling. Fortunately, it's doubtful that it will explode. The rumbling or gurgling sounds you hear might be caused by the build-up of sediments and debris inside the tank. Failing to address this can cause your water heater to fail, but you don't have to fear it exploding.

Many plumbing myths are circulating among homeowners nowadays. Before you start believing these myths, we recommend speaking with a Portland plumber to help you determine whether there's the truth behind them, or if they're harmful to your home.


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