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THE BIGGEST PLUMBING MYTHS

Being aware of common plumbing myths can save you the hassle of emergency repairs.

Plumbing is typically viewed as an emergency measure when a plumbing issue arises out of the blue. Calling a plumber should be the last thing you should do after you witness a plumbing emergency, right? The answer is no. Unfortunately, most homeowners wait until a plumbing issue becomes severe before they contact a plumber for service. The reality is that calling a plumbing professional at the last minute is ineffective especially if a plumbing emergency has already reached significant heights. As soon as you suspect even a minor plumbing issue in your plumbing, you should contact a professional to resolve it before it becomes severe.

Similarly to this scenario, there are a number of plumbing myths that have been passed down over the years. Believing in these myths can result in damage to your plumbing system and even the unwelcoming arrival of a plumbing emergency. However, if you are aware of these myths, it can save you time and money for emergency plumbing repairs.

Here are the most common plumbing myths:

“As long as water goes down the drain, it is working fine”
  • Even if your drain allows water to go down, it is not always a sign that everything is working fine. As water flows down the drain, there may be warning signs that are occurring within the pipes, even if they cannot be seen with the naked eye. 
  • If you realize that water is draining slowly, making strange noises or releasing foul odours, then you should take precautions to avoid a major clog occurring in your pipes. If you notice these warning signs from your drain, we recommend that you contact a plumbing professional.
Leaking faucets are normal
  • A leaking faucet may seem like a common issue for households, however it can make a variety of effects on your home. The effect of a leaking faucet can shoot up your water bill significantly. Over the course of a year, hundreds of gallons of water can be wasted just from a single leaky faucet. A continuously running leak can also lead to the development of mold, rust and corrosion in faucet and plumbing fixtures. 
  • The best time to stop a leaking faucet is the moment that you suspect that it will begin to leak. By contacting a professional to resolve your leaking faucet, you can avoid making it worse by attempting to fix it yourself.
Using lemon is a natural and effective way of cleaning your garbage disposal
  • Logically when thinking of this it may seem to make sense. A lemon can be used to counter smelly odours, so running a lemon through your foul-smelling garbage disposal appears to make sense. The reality is that the lemon will only temporarily resolve the smell and the lemon peel could even damage the blades of your garbage disposal. To clean your disposal you are better off using warm water, natural soap and a cleaning brush. This may seem old-fashioned but it is a better way of cleaning your garbage disposal instead of using a lemon.
Water stains are common
  • Even a minor water stain can indicate a major problem. Water stains can occur on the walls of your home, indicating that water may be leaking somewhere in your plumbing system. If you notice a water stain in any of the rooms in your home, you should contact a plumbing professional as soon as possible before it turns into a major leakage.
Having hard water is not a big deal
It is fine to flush whatever you want down the toilet
  • This is one of the most common misconceptions in plumbing. Many homeowners toss things such as feminine hygiene products and large amounts of hair, even though it can affect your toilet. The only thing that should be flushed down your toilet is toilet paper and bodily waste, everything else should be avoided.
A leaky faucet can waste gallons of water and cause your water bill to skyrocket.

These are the most common plumbing myths that many homeowners and households believe in. However, with them being debunked, we recommend that you take them into account when working with your plumbing system. Unsure of anything of these plumbing myths? Be sure to contact Rooter Team to resolve your questions!

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