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Plumbing Myths Debunked

There’s a lot to know when it comes to the plumbing business.  It’s no small job to stay on top of the latest codes and technology, and a professional plumber knows how to do just that.  Somehow, though, strange plumbing rumors get started, and they spread like wildfire.  Here are some plumbing myths that we’ve debunked for you:

Myth #1:  A bubbling sound in your water heater means it will explode.  In reality, your water heater is just trying to tell you that it is due for some much-need maintenance!  Over time, sediment from hard water builds up in your water heater’s tank and can cause uneven heating of the water.  This is what creates the bubbling.  Draining and flushing the water heater will take care of the problem, as well as improve the efficiency of the unit and prolong its life span.  Your plumber will be happy to help you out with this.

Myth #2:  A brick in the toilet tank is a good water conservation device.  While a brick in your toilet tank would certainly displace water, it could cause bigger problems.  If the brick shifts or deteriorates it may interfere with the function of the float or flapper valve, costing more money and giving you a bigger headache.  It could also displace too much water, requiring a double flush and causing greater water usage.  A simpler solution is to have your plumber adjust the valve on the toilet, or upgrade to a high-efficiency toilet.

Myth #3:  Lemon peels will make the garbage disposal smell good.  While nobody can deny the citrusy freshness of lemon, peels are actually not good for your garbage disposal.  They can dull the blades or even cause a clog.  Try using vinegar instead.

Myth #4:  Flushable wipes are, well, flushable.  No matter what the packaging says, flushable wipes are often the cause of sewer drain clogs.  They don’t break down like toilet paper does, and can build up over time deep down in your plumbing system.  The City of New York spends $18 million a year just to clean the debris that clogs up the machinery at its water treatment plants, and the great majority of it consists of ‘flushable’ wipes.  In 2013, London’s sewer system was completely clogged by a mass of wipes and congealed grease the size of a bus!  If you decide to use wipes, it’s best to put them in the trash can.

Don’t believe everything that your neighbor or product packaging tells you!  If you have any issues with your plumbing, just call the experts at A&W Plumbing!


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