Plumbing myths are sources of inconvenience, needless repair expense and serious water waste. Every industry has its share of mythology and urban legends that are perpetuated over the years. Plumbing is no different. While a professional plumbing contractor can separate fact from fiction when it comes to what’s happening inside your home’s pipes, here are some common plumbing myths to be aware of.
Myth: The Water Heater May Explode
All water heaters incorporate a temperature and pressure relief valve that safely prevents dangerous internal heat and pressure. If your home’s water heater is making strange sounds like bubbling and popping, it’s usually due to an accumulation of sediment that wastes energy and causes uneven heating. Contact your plumber about flushing the tank.
Myth: A Leaky Faucet Doesn’t Waste Much Water
Those drips add up. One faucet leaking one drip per minute wastes 3,000 gallons in a year. In an average American home, leaky faucets alone can average 10,000 wasted gallons annually. Nationally, that adds up to one trillion gallons per year—one drip at a time.
Myth: A Brick in the Toilet Tank Conserves Water
It’s not the preferred way to save water. A brick can interfere with the operation of tank components like the flapper and cause leakage. It may also deteriorate and plug water openings. If you want to lower the flush volume, consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency toilet (HET) that consumes just 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF) versus up to 6 GPF of older toilets.
Myth: Flushable Wipes Don’t Clog Your Sewer Line
They’re flushable, yes, but they aren’t degradable inside your pipes. Once out of sight down the toilet, flushable wipes remain intact and can form a clog-producing clot in the sewer line. A backup of toxic sewage can contaminate your home, requiring emergency service to clear the sewer line.
Let the Highland Park plumbing professionals at Carefree Comfort, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning dispel plumbing myths and get down to reality in your pipes and drains.
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