5 Plumbing Myths That Will Cost You Money.
Plumbing problems are one of the least anticipated costs of home ownership. And no, were not just talking about a simple fix. Bigger problems like bursting water lines and sewage back-ups, requiring an emergency plumber, are enough to keep a homeowner up at night. You can drive yourself mad trying to predict these problems with all of the proactive plumbing tips you read online. Do not worry, we are here to help!
In this article, we detail some of the urban myths about plumbing that seem to drain your pockets for no reason at all. So sit back, relax, and get ready for the 5 Plumbing Myths that will Cost You Money.
1.) A Leaky Faucet Is No Reason to Panic
You’re right. A leaky faucet is not always a situation for an emergency plumber, but did you know that a leaky faucet could be costing you many dollars per year? That’s right. The wasted water associated with a leaky faucet is approximately equal to 250 laundry loads per year! The EPA says that the average household’s water leak accounts for 100,000 gallons of water per year!
How do you check if you have a leak? Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is running. If the meter changes, you probably have a leak!
2.) Most Plumbing Jobs are DIY
Do not fall for this common myth. This statement is often made by Tim “the tool man” Taylor-types who end up calling an emergency plumber to fix an even bigger problem they created. Having a reputable plumber in your corner, can save you thousands of dollars per year. While tightening a leaky faucet can be a simple fix, most plumbing jobs can be complicated and require professional skills.
Make sure you call a trustworthy plumber first before trying anything yourself. Having a professional plumber in your corner, with the right tools, can prevent big screw-ups that cost thousands of dollars to undo.
3.) You Can Mix Hot Water with Grease to Help it Go Down the Drain
This plumbing myth is wrong. Did we say wrong? We will say it again… it’s wrong. Pouring grease down the drain, even if diluted by hot water, is never a good idea and could lead to a complete breakdown of your drainage system. Grease should be disposed of in a dumpster that is far away from any drainage.
Pouring grease down the drain is a great cause of an emergency plumbing issue.
4.) A Noisy Water Heater Will Blow Up
If you’re water heater is making noisy sounds, unless it is interfering with your electrical connections, it is in no way something to worry about. Over years of usage, sediment begins to collect at the base of your water heater. The rumbling sound you hear is simply the heat trying to make its way through the sediment layers in the form of air bubbles.
It may sound scary, but you are far from a plumbing emergency. You simple have an old trusty water heater doing it’s job.
5.) All Drain Cleaners Are Safe
While a good drain cleaning solution could unclog those pipes, if you’re not careful the chemicals in the solution can eat away at your pipes’ lining. Over time this can cause the pipe to fail and create a plumbing emergency that can cost you thousands.
You are better off using a plunger to unclog those pipes, and if that doesn’t work calling your trusted plumbing company is the sure-fire move.
We hope that this article on the 5 Plumbing Myths that will Cost You Money has been helpful. Following this simple guide will help you save money and avoid disastrous plumbing emergencies. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Orange County, we are serious about helping our customers and fixing their plumbing problems. We answer the phone 24 hours, 7 days per week for all plumbing emergencies and were here to offer advice in the midst of a plumbing problem.