Plumbing problems, big or small, can have homeowners frantically calling for a plumbing service. Because there are so many myths regarding plumbing, many homeowners don’t really understand everything regarding their plumbing. So with that in mind, let’s debunk a few common plumbing myths to help you have a better understanding of your plumbing.
“Flushable” products are okay to flush
While there are many products on the market deemed “flushable”, it’s highly suggested that people avoid flushing these products down toilets. They are not as biodegradable as toilet paper and can cause major clogging issues. Because of this, these products have the potential to cause significant backups in the plumbing systems. While plumbing services can fix these clogs or backups, it’s best to try to avoid them in the first place.
Small leaks are nothing to worry about
Homeowners often ignore small leaks in their pipes or faucets because they don’t want to have to deal with getting them fixed. However, even minor leaks can waste significant water and money. In fact, a trillion gallons of water, which is worth about $6 billion, is wasted every single year due to running toilets and leaking faucets or pipes. So not only do leaks lead to a higher water bill, but they also waste precious water.
A noisy water heater will explode
When people hear loud rumbling or popping noises coming from their water heater, they become very concerned and scared. However, a noisy water heater is most likely nothing serious. The most common cause for rumbling water heaters is the sediment from hard water being moved around inside the heater. When this sediment moves near the burner on the bottom, it causes air to pop because it’s unable to move to the top since it’s blocked by the sediment. So while this is not a serious problem, and no, the water heater will not explode, but the sediment blockage can make a water heater less efficient. To avoid sediment buildup, a plumber should drain and flush the water heater on a regular basis.
Hopefully, this article cleared up some confusion regarding plumbing and the need for plumbing services. While plumbing problems vary in severity, it’s always best to call for professional plumbing services if you’re experiencing any sort of plumbing problem.