Plumbing myths aren’t the stuff of folklore and fable; they’re misconceptions about pipes and drains that just won’t go away and may turn out to be expensive, as well. Most residential plumbing issues are clear-cut problems with straightforward solutions. Don’t waste time and money on these plumbing myths. Instead, get the opinion of a qualified professional instead.
Myth: Exploding Water Heater
No, that banging or bubbling sound coming from the water heater isn’t a sign to evacuate the house. The risk of explosion due to excess heat or pressure is almost nonexistent with today’s water heaters due to built-in safety factors.
If you’re noticing unusual sounds from the heater, it’s probably just an indication of hard water sediment built up inside the tank that causes uneven heating and creates air bubbles. Sediment buildup wastes energy and decreases heater performance, but it’s not dangerous. A qualified plumber can drain the heater and flush out the sediment.
Myth: Leaky Faucets Are No Big Deal
Though an individual drip doesn’t amount to much, multiplied by 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, water waste from leaking faucets adds up. In a home with two faucets dripping twice per minute, over 200 gallons annually is wasted. That’s money out of your pocket and an increasingly scarce natural resource down the drain.
Myth: A Brick in the Toilet Tank Saves Water
Having a brick in the tank often makes users flush twice. Reducing flush volume should be accomplished by adjusting the valve or, better yet, by upgrading to a new toilet that meets the high efficiency toilet standards of 1.6 gallons per flush. Bricks and other makeshift fixes deteriorate or gradually shift in flushing currents and eventually obstruct the tank flapper valve, causing the toilet to run non-stop.
Myth: Lemon Peels Deodorize a Disposal
Peels can clog the drain pipe. A better solution is to pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain and let it sit for a while before running water.
At Aqua Plumbing & Air, we offer proven professional solutions, not plumbing myths. In Sarasota and Bradenton, contact us today for all your plumbing issues.