Flushing Away 7 of the Biggest Myths About Plumbing

As a homeowner, you already know the importance of making sure your plumbing system is well maintained. You want to make sure your systems and your pipes aren’t damaged and are good to go, for when you need to go!

While knowing the importance of keeping your plumbing systems in tip top shape is brilliant, it’s equally important to know the truth behind some common plumbing myths. Here are seven myths about plumbing, and the truths behind them.

1. A rumbling water heater is a sign of impending explosion.

This is simply not true. A water heater that is rumbling is just telling you that it needs a good, thorough cleaning. That rumbling sound you are hearing is usually caused by a buildup of excessive sediment in the water heater tank. Steam bubbles rise through this sediment buildup, creating the noise.

While this rumbling sound does not mean your water heater is about to explode, the issue could lead to the failure of your water heater prematurely. It is important to call on the best plumber Surrey professionals, or a top plumber in your area, to address the issue as soon as possible when you hear this sound.

2. Drain cleaners are a safe option for cleaning drains.

Actually, no. Surprisingly, the opposite is true. Liquid drain cleaners can be bad news for your plumbing system, especially your pipes. Many liquid drain cleaners have been known to eat away at pipes, causing replacement pipes to be needed.

Instead of using a liquid drain cleaner and risking damage to your pipes, try using a plunger or an auger instead. Both are healthier options for your plumbing system, and easier on your wallet, too. Plungers and augers are much cheaper than a bill from the plumber after your pipes have been ruined by drain cleaner products.

3. Garbage disposal blades can be sharpened with ice cubes.

Somehow, people have begun to believe that ice cubes can sharpen the blades on their garbage disposal. This myth could have stemmed from the fact that folks would recommend using ice cubes to
clean a disposal, but ice cubes will certainly not be sharpening any blades in your garbage disposal.

In fact, garbage disposals don’t have blades. What they do have are impellers, or two contraptions resembling teeth that spin around and grind solids into liquids. Ice cubes can and will ruin these impellers if they end up getting stuck.

4. Sanitary wipes are safe to flush if labelled flushable.

This myth is inherently false. While your toilet can probably withstand a few instances of these sanitary wipes going down the drain, it is highly recommended not to make a habit out of it. Flushing too many of these wipes down the toilet could end up clogging your pipes, and that is no fun for anybody.

Things need ample time to disintegrate in the pipes so that a clog doesn’t happen. That’s why it is important to not flush anything the toilet too often that is not waste or toilet paper. These sanitary wipes may be labelled as flushable, but too many of them can cause an issue down the line.

5. It’s alright to flush cat litter down the toilet.

This one is another myth that the people who originally dreamed it up obviously didn’t think through completely. While the flushed kitty litter may not directly harm your plumbing system in small amounts, the fact is that it still contains feline waste.

Flushing cat waste can cause toxins from it to travel elsewhere in the sewage system, which is not a good idea. The best idea for the disposal of kitty litter is to dump it outside or in the garbage bin.

6. You can pour boiling water down your pipes to remove grease buildups.

This is yet another myth that actually delivers the opposite of what it promises. While some folks may think that pouring hot, boiling water down the pipes will melt the grease buildups, it can actually end up achieving the opposite effect and harden the grease instead. This can make it extremely difficult to remove, requiring a call to your plumber.

7. You can save water by putting a brick in your toilet’s tank

While you can certainly fit a brick inside your toilet’s tank, it won’t be saving you water. The idea behind this myth is that a brick in the tank will force the toilet to use less water when flushed.

The truth is, most of that water will end up being displaced, which can make you flush even more than normally necessary. On top of that, the brick will slowly disintegrate as time goes on, which can damage your toilet’s flapper and other important parts.

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