20 Aug. 19

Most Common Plumbing System Myths Busted

As homeowners, we often have several myths about various things in our homes. Whether it’s home decor or your home’s plumbing system, you may have various misconceptions that may keep you from the truth. In this article, we are going to bust some of the most common myths about your home’s plumbing.

Ice Cubes Sharpen Garbage Disposal’s Blades

Firstly, garbage disposal doesn’t have blades. It has two teeth-like grooves called impellers that grind any solids into finer pieces. Ice cubes indeed clean the impellers, but there is no chance of sharpening these grooves. If you want to drain ice cubes down the mechanism, make sure it is only for cleaning purpose. Also, put small ice cubes into the garbage disposal to avoid the mechanism from getting spoilt by crushing ice.

Hot Water Prevents Clogs

Hot water melts the grease and washes it down the drain. But once the liquefied grease hits the pipes, it cools, solidifies and eventually builds up. This solidified grease attracts hair and food particles that eventually leads to a plumbing emergency. The clogs are so far away you can’t reach them with a household snake. Therefore, avoid running hot water into the bathroom or kitchen sink. It is actually cold water that solidifies the grease before it hits the sewer line, so it can float all the way to the city sewer.

Bleaching Tablets are Safe

No, they aren’t. Prolonged use of bleach will eventually degrade the working parts of the toilet. The damage can go so far as to corrode your entire toilet and lead to a plumbing emergency. If you are using bleach, make sure to clean it up within 10 minutes of applying it to your toilet.

Noisy Water Heaters are Dangerous

Not really. If you hear rumbling sounds coming from your water heater when it’s in use, it can be due to the age of the heater. A rumbling or gurgling sound is typically caused by an excessive build up in sediment inside the tank. When steam bubbles rise through the sediment, they result in these sounds. If you don’t flush and drain the heater, sediments may result in premature failure of the heater. But sediments surely won’t explode your water heater.

Homeowners Can Repair Everything

You can do DIY plumbing fixes to an extent. You can repair minor plumbing issues like tightening the faucet or changing the washer. But anything else should be done by a professional plumber. Instead of making things better, you may only end up giving rise to a bigger plumbing emergency. Don’t fall for this myth, and call a reputed plumber whenever you encounter any plumbing problem.

Now that you know the facts behind these plumbing-related myths, you can take the right decisions about the system. Keep these truths in mind so that you don’t make any mistakes that may lead to serious plumbing emergency cases.