Top 5 Plumbing Myths

Plumbing problems present a scary prospect for many people and, just like ghost stories are passed down from generation to generation, a lot of really bogus plumbing information gets passed around. In this article, we will debunk some of the most popular plumbing myths and separate facts from fiction, so you can take the best possible care of your Greensboro home.

Myth One: Leaky Faucets are No Biggie.

Got a little bit of a leak going on with one of your faucets? Despite the fact that it may not seem like a big deal, what seems like nothing more than a harmless “drip, drip” can quickly turn into a major problem. Your tiny leak maybe costing you lots of extra money on your water bill, harming the environment and, given time, can even damage your bathroom fixtures.

Myth Two: You Can Toss Anything Down the Garbage Disposal.

Some people make it sound like you can throw everything from leftovers to your unwanted clothes down the garbage disposal and there will be no harm done. While this would be handy, it just isn’t so! Hard objects can dull the shredder, and the drain can be blocked by substances that are fibrous or starchy. Banana peels, citrus fruits, coffee grounds, and artichokes are a few of the things you need to avoid tossing in the disposal.

Myth Three: A Loud Water Heater Means it’s Going to Pop!

Does your water heater make some ghastly, loud noises? Don’t worry about clearing out the house; while the noise maybe a sign that you need to purchase a new water heater, it doesn’t mean that the appliance is about to explode. Over time, sediments settle at the bottom of the tank and, when the heat is turned on, cause air bubbles that make a loud sound.

Myth Four: As Long as Water Drains, Everything is Okay.

Even if the water still disappears, sinks and disposals that are slow to drain may indicate a much-worse problem in the making. If you notice water moving sluggishly down the drain, it’s time to contact a plumber.

Myth Five: If You Want a Fresh Toilet, Use In-Tank Cleaners.

While in-tank cleaners eliminate odors, they don’t do away with the actual problem. The root cause of the stink is still there; you’ve just got it hidden. While this maybe a great option when guests are coming over and you don’t have time to clean, build-up occurs if left untreated and can cause major problems over time. Rather than in-tank cleaners, consider using vinegar which both eliminates the odors and works to remove the build-up.

When you are faced with uncertainties and problems surrounding your Greensboro plumbing system, don’t wait until it becomes a major issue. Contact a plumber today and get the problems resolved as soon as possible.

Don't make uneducated assumptions about your Greensboro, NC plumbing system. Call The Plumbing Service Company at (336) 502-8540 for quality services.