Myths surround pretty much everything in life, and the plumbing industry is no different. A myth starts off when a tall tale is passed down from one generation to the next, and with each step, fact is further removed from the original source. One of the things our master plumbers enjoy most about their job, is to hear just how far some of the myths stretch…
Here are some of the most common plumbing myths that have become commonly shared from one generation to the next:
MYTH: As long as the drain flows, everything is working as it should!
Truth: Clogs and blockages can occur in the drainline when food particles slip down the drain. The drain will continue to flow until it reaches a certain vulnerable area in the system, where it will become congealed with fats, oils and grease. Foods like bread, pasta and rice will bloat as it absorbs water, causing the pipes and drains to clog. Ignored for long enough, it will eventually manifest in a clogged drain, which you will note when the basin doesn’t empty quickly.
MYTH: “Flushable” wipes are really flushable!
Truth: Flushable wipes do not biodegrade as well as toilet paper, and actually cause a lot of clogs. In fact, we are often called by clients who have entire plumbing systems backed up by flushable wipes, as they simply pile up.
MYTH: Bleach Tablets are Good for the Toilet
Truth: Someone came up with the idea that putting dishwasher tablets in the toilet tank will keep the toilet clean. Nice in theory, but in practice, leaving a bleach tablet sitting in the tank will destroy the inner workings of your toilet in no time. You can use bleach inside the bowl, but never let bleach sit in the tank for longer than 10 minutes. Be sure to flush it through in order to prevent damage.
MYTH: It’s just a small leak…
Truth: A small drip every now and then may not bother you enough to get it fixed, but believe us – it will show up on your utility bill. It will be more significant than you imagine, and it will eat a hole in your budget. Besides, it’s not good for the environment. It wastes our precious water resources. “Come on! How can my little leak harm the environment?” We’re glad you asked. According to research, household leaks waste more than a trillion gallons of water every year.
It that doesn’t bother you, consider this: a slow leak can damage your fixtures. From wearing out the faucet, to pitting and staining your basin or bathtub, these are just some of the ways in which a slow drip can cost you money when it comes to replacing damaged fixtures.
MYTH: Noisy Water Heater? It’s going to explode!!!
Truth: If your water heater makes a noise when it comes on, it is nothing more than sediment reactions. It won’t blow up.
Sediment, which consists of loose miners such as calcium, is common in areas with hard water. The sediment settles at the bottom of your hot water tank, around the element. It prevents heat from rising, and when the water expands, it causes air bubbles to form, thus resulting in a popping sound.
It should be seen to though, as you end up needing much more resources to heat up your water, thus making the hot water heater inefficient.
MYTH: All plumbers are the same.
Truth: Not so! Anyone can offer a plumbing service, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are qualified to do so according to the City code, or in a way that is safe for you and your family. It is best to stick with City of Toronto licensed, qualified and experienced plumbers, like those at Anta Plumbing.
If you’re unsure about whether it is a plumbing myth or a fact, we recommend that you ask us first before you try it.