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Common Plumbing Myths All Homeowners Should Know

myth-or-factDid you ever hear the story of the guy who unplugged his television before leaving the house on overnight trips? This is one instance of a hack or legend that turned out to be true, as many appliances draw phantom energy.

These types of stories are relevant to our discussion today, because we’re going through five plumbing myths that homeowners should be aware of, and things that are true even if they sound made up.

Myth 1: Don’t Cry Over a Leaking Faucet

leaking-faucetThe truth: A simple leak can lead to thousands upon thousands of gallons of wasted water every year, and even a minor faucet leak should be addressed immediately. Not only does a leak mean wasting water, but also throwing money down the drain.

In fact, 270 loads of laundry per year is equivalent to the water an average leak wastes, and you could save 10 percent on your water bill by addressing leaking faucets as soon as they occur.

Myth 2: The Exploding Water Heater

The truth: Water heaters can in fact explode. It’s not entirely common, but it does happen, especially when there's a problem with the TPR valve. This is the temperature and pressure relief valve, and it’s responsible for relieving pressure in the water heater tank when it gets too high.

Without this safety mechanism, your water heater is a ticking time bomb that could rupture and explode out of your house. Make sure your water heater was installed properly, that it’s maintained regularly, and that you test the TPR valve every one to two months.

Myth 3: Animals Crawling Into Your Home Through the Pipes

The truth: Rats and cockroaches have been documented making their way through sewer systems, up sewer lines, and into people’s toilet bowls. There have also been reports from other parts of the world about snakes, frogs, and spiders doing the same, but this isn't a likely concern in America.

Luckily, however, even rats and cockroaches are uncommon, and the best way to prevent them is to avoid flushing food down the toilet or drain.

Myth 4: Clogged Drains Don’t Let Any Water Through

clogged-drainsThe truth: Just because water is still going down your drain or toilet doesn’t mean there isn't a clog somewhere that needs attention. Here are some other scenarios that could indicate a clog in your pipes or sewer lines:

You run water at a tap in the house and the water in a toilet gurgles
You fill a sink with water to do dishes and it takes longer than usual to drain when you're done
You flush a toilet and water bubbles up from a drain or sink somewhere else in the house

Myth 5: The Plunger Makes Everyone a Master DIY Plumber

The truth: There are plenty of clogs that a plunger simply can't handle. This includes major and stubborn blockages, tree roots growing into your pipes, and even sediment and mineral buildup on the walls of pipes. In these cases, you're better off using a drain auger for stubborn clogs, a water ram for mineral buildup, and calling a professional plumber to take care of tree roots.

It may seem implausible that your water heater is going to explode or that rats are going to come flying out of your toilet bowl, but these things do happen, and it’s important to be aware of the possibilities so that you can prevent them. For help with any of these myths, tips on proper water heater maintenance, or to schedule an appointment in the Houston, TX area, call y-skoda.ru at 713-896-9700.