When it comes to plumbing, there is an overwhelming amount of information available but not everything you read is true, so you need to be careful as there are a lot of myths. There are a ton of tips and tricks that people may recommend but some of these hacks are nothing more than tales, and falling for them would be a complete waste of time.
If you are a homeowner, the following guide will be very helpful because you will be aware of the most common plumbing myths:
Myth: Save Water By Using A Brick
A toilet is a widely used fixture, and it’s no surprise that there are a lot of myths surrounding it. The use of a brick is believed to help homeowners save both money and water but the reality is that this will actually lead to more problems. Placing a brick in the tank will not help displace the water and will not prevent your tank from filling too much, so it is not a real hack and does not serve the same function as a low-flow toilet. The brick will actually break down in the water over time and you will have to deal with the consequences.
Myth: A Slow Leak Is Not A Serious Issue
This is a very expensive myth, so do not ignore a slow leak because while it may not seem like a lot of water at first, it will add up quickly. Some people will tell you not to stress about a slow leak but you should act fast as this minor problem can become a big problem fast. A small leak will always turn into a serious leak eventually so getting it repaired as soon as it starts will save you money on emergency service calls or having to shut the water off to your entire home while you wait for a plumber.
Myth: Hot Grease Does Not Clog
Just because hot grease is in liquid form when it’s hot does not mean that it will stay that way, so you need to be very careful because the grease can coat your pipes as it cools and congeals, which will result in a clog at some point. As a solid, grease will still be sticky and will catch other small debris that finds its way into your drains, causing clogs and foul smells. To prevent this from happening, you must never throw away grease down your drain or pipes and should always throw it out in the trash instead.
Myth: Lemon Peels Are Good For A Sink
While it’s true that lemon peels smell nice, you should not put them down a sink because these peels will cause a clog. If you’re looking to refresh your sink, try mixing vinegar and baking soda together and pour it down your drain instead. The only time lemon peels can be placed down a sink is if there is a high-powered garbage disposal present.
Now that you are aware of these myths, you can make informed decisions regarding any plumbing issues you may have. Some issues are best left to the professionals, and Oliver Plumbing & Heating can help. We offer both commercial and residential plumbing services and furnace repairs and replacements as well, so if you are in the Edmonton area, give us a call today!