The funny thing about having a plumbing problem is how many non-plumbers will freely dish out their opinions. These solutions can sound legit and are easily touted as plumbing facts. Some non-plumbers are so convincing in their take, that it’s tempting to follow their advice.
When it comes to separating plumbing facts from fiction, the only safe advice for you to take should be backed up by a plumbing license and many years of experience. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the home plumbing myths that have gained fact status and bust them for good.
Plumbing Myth #1: If It’s All Flowing, It’s All Fine
So, your shower is draining a little slower than usual, not a big deal—right? Wrong.
While this may not be an urgent plumbing emergency, it is a clear sign that something is going south in your plumbing. This is the perfect time to get your plumbing system checked for bigger issues before you have an emergency on your hands.
Slow draining plumbing will benefit from the use of Bio-Clean®, the 100% natural, environmentally-friendly drain cleaner that will create a healthy waste removal ecosystem in your plumbing.
Plumbing Myth #2: Clogged Drain? Harsh Chemicals Are The Only Solution
While it’s true that harsh chemicals will eat away at clogs, they will also be eating away at your pipes. Damaged pipes will eventually leak, and that can lead to more extensive property damage.
Repairs due to damage from use of harsh chemicals will be expensive as not only the plumbing system but also secondary property issues will need to be fixed. Not only that, chemicals can taint drinking water, which is an unnecessary health risk for you and your family.
Plumbing Myth #3: A Lemon A Day Keeps The Plumber Away—From The Garbage Disposal
Lemon is great in meringue, but not such a good idea for your garbage disposal. This myth is probably rooted in the ‘grease-cutting power’ of lemon, but putting a lemon through your garbage disposal can actually blunt or break the blades.
So, while lemon might mask a bad odor temporarily, it won’t shift any dirt and will do more harm to your garbage disposal than good.
Plumbing Myth #4: It Says Flushable, Therefore It Is Flushable
Many products come labeled as ‘flushable,’ and they probably will disappear from the toilet bowl without too much trouble. But flushable doesn’t mean easily biodegradable and anything other than toilet paper and human waste will hang around in your pipes and gradually cause build-ups and clogs. Even “flushable” wipes are fast becoming a major cause of plumbing troubles.
Plumbing Myth #5: All Faucets Fail
A leaking faucet may seem like another small inconvenience, but it isn’t something you should ignore.
Apart from the extra cost on your water bill, a leaky faucet can be a sign of a water pressure issue or a faucet that is coming loose or breaking due to wear and tear.
Plumbing Myth #6: A Plumber Is A Plumber, Right?
When a plumbing emergency hits, it’s easy to rope in anyone who calls themselves a plumber to fix your problem. But using a backyard, self-proclaimed plumber comes with the risk of further expense when the job isn’t done right the first time.
Art Plumbing, AC & Electric plumbers are fully trained, licensed, and equipped to make sure that your plumbing problem is fixed as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
Plumbing Myth # 7: Noisy Water Heater Woes
Noise from your water heater can sound pretty dramatic, but before you start worrying how you’re going to afford a new one, call a plumber from Art Plumbing, AC & Electric to check it out for you.
Sediment builds up in your water heater over time. Hard water is a particularly bad culprit in South Florida due to the high mineral content. The sediment traps the heat generated by the element which causes the built-up heat to escape as air bubbles and make strange noises as it does. A sediment build-up can cause your water heater to run inefficiently. Your plumber can advise you whether a repair or replacement will be the best option for you.
Art Plumbing, AC & Electric: The Myth Busting Plumbers
With over 35 years of plumbing experience under our belts, we have heard and seen it all. Whether your plumbing issue is big or small, you can trust a plumber from Art Plumbing, AC & Electric to bust the myths and give you the best advice and service. Call us today at 1-800-475-1504!