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Common Plumbing Myths that will Cost You Money


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Most people know that the best way to fix any plumbing related issue is to call a professional plumber to their house, but some people who believe that they can fix their plumbing problems themselves, end up trying to do the repair with advice that they have heard from other people, which are completely incorrect. These common plumbing myths only end up damaging the house even more and cause people to spend twice the money than the original problem required.

Common Myths

  1. Lemons help in airing out and freshening up the garbage disposal: Lemons will actually corrode the metal inside the disposal, leaving a big problem to fix later (using ice is actually a safer option)
  2. Using soap to clean bathroom fixtures: Soap encourages corroding on fixtures and should be washed off immediately
  3. Trusting the water pressure: Checking the water pressure is absolutely a must to make sure that there are no leaks in the house
  4. Let everything and anything go down the drain: Blockages may not occur at the same time, but they do occur. Drains should consist of catchers so that big chunks don’t end up clogging or blocking the drains
  5. No need to use plumbing fixtures at all: Plumbing fixtures must be given attention to and should be turned on, every now and then. If certain units aren’t being used in the house, they can cause a stink in the house. For instance, if an electric water heater is not used, hydrogen gas can start releasing from it. This becomes a health risk in the home
  6. A toilet cistern cleaner will clean the toilet: It is a common myth because this does more damage than good. The bleach tablets are capable of blocking the whole toilet cistern instead of cleaning it (vinegar is an alternative that can remove clogs in toilets and it is cheaper in price than bleaching tablets)
  7. If it’s working, then it’s working: Often times, plumbing fixtures installed in homes, whether it is in the bathroom or the kitchen, may seem to be working with manual fixing, but this could lead to future plumbing complications (it is best to get it checked immediately before the problem becomes worse)
  8. A dripping faucet is nothing to worry about: A faucet should not be constantly dripping. Not only is it wetting the entire bathroom or kitchen (or anywhere else the faucet has been installed), it is also wasting water and costing extra on the utility bill
  9. All plumbers are exactly the same: This is entirely untrue. Not all plumbers are the same, just as not all doctors are the same. Many plumbers try their best to complete their education and gain more plumbing knowledge and learn about all the new trends and technologies to offer the best service. Hiring a professional plumbing service is mandatory for the maintenance of a home
  10. The tighter you close the tap, the better: People believe that the tighter they close their water taps, the more likely it is that leaks will not occur or will eventually stop. It is actually the reason why leaks occur and also damages the tap itself
  11. The hot water cylinder is going to blow up when it starts making noises: This usually occurs when residue has jammed the inside of the cylinder. The residue is made up of minerals from hard water and the noises that occur are the popping sounds of the minerals hitting the bottom of the cylinder

The moment any plumbing fixture is not working correctly, it is time to hire a professional plumbing service. Maintenance of plumbing in a house is mandatory. Following these plumbing myths will do no good, that is why a good plumber will be the best person who can guide and advise on any given situation.