Myths and truths about plumbing


Plumbing is a complex subject, and there are many myths and misconceptions about it. Here are six of the most common plumbing myths, along with the facts:

  • Water pressure is supposed to change. False. Your water pressure should be consistent. If you notice that it gets stronger or weaker over time, it could be a sign of a problem with your pipes and should be checked by a professional.
  • If you hear a water heater rumbling, it’ll explode. False. A rumbling or gurgling sound from your water heater is usually caused by sediment buildup in the tank. This isn’t dangerous, but it can shorten the lifespan of your water heater. If you hear this noise, you should have your water heater flushed by a professional.
  • You can use a plunger to unclog a sink that has been treated with drain cleaner. False. Drain cleaner and a plunger are two different tools that serve different purposes. Drain cleaner dissolves clogs, while a plunger creates suction to dislodge them. If you’ve used drain cleaner, you should wait at least 30 minutes before using a plunger, or you could risk burning yourself.
  • A faucet with a slow leak isn’t really a problem. False. Even a small leak can waste a lot of water over time. If you have a faucet that’s leaking, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.
  • You can flush anything down the toilet. False. There are many things that should not be flushed down the toilet, such as grease, oil, feminine hygiene products, and diapers. These items can clog your pipes and cause expensive repairs.
  • Putting a brick in the toilet tank will save water. False. Putting a brick in the toilet tank can actually cause more problems than it solves. It can damage the flapper, which is the rubber seal that controls the flow of water into the bowl. This can lead to leaks and wasted water.

If you have any plumbing problems, it’s best to call a professional plumber. They will be able to diagnose the problem and fix it quickly and efficiently.