There are plumbing “tricks” that could cost you more money and damage to your home. Some plumbing myths are harmless but nonetheless spread incorrect information. Hobson Plumbing and Heating experts are here to put a few myths to rest. To schedule an appointment, or for more information about these myths, contact us today!
PLUNGERS ARE ALL-POWERFUL PLUMBING TOOLS
Plungers are ideal for removing small and loose debris from pipes. Unfortunately, they’re not designed for stubborn clogs, mineral buildup, or major blockages. When dealing with something other than a bit of food or bathroom tissue, consider a more heavy-duty plumbing tool. The plunger is a good place to start, or you may want to try these tips:
- Water ram that will blow out the blockage: great for sediment buildup.
- Drain auger that will break up a blockage: good for stubborn and dense clogs.
- Hobson Plumbing and Heating: Calling us is ideal when the blockage is too large, too far in the pipes, or if you don’t know what the problem is.
NOTHING CAN SWIM UP YOUR PIPES
Pesky little rodents such as rats are capable of making their way from the sewer, your pipes, and into your home. The rats smell food in the drains, follow the smell, and find their way to the toilet. To avoid this, never flush food down your toilet and little food down the drains in
A LEAKING FAUCET ISN’T WORTH YOUR TIME
If you value your water and your money, then a leaky faucet is definitely worth fixing. A minor drip could waste around 500 gallons of water per year. Fixing a leak like this could save you money on your water bill, and usually, all you have to do is check a few things such as the connections, gaskets, and washers. If you’re unable to find the culprit, Hobson Plumbing and Heating is here to help.
ONLY STOPPED UP DRAINS ARE CLOGGED
You could have a drain or toilet that seems to be running or flushing normally, and there’s still a clog in the line. This could be a partial clog, sediment buildup on the wall of the pipes, or another issue with your plumbing. If you flush a toilet and find water coming up from a sink or bathtub, this is a clear indication of a clog.
THE WATER HEATER IS INDESTRUCTIBLE
Water heaters contain water that’s heated up to a very high temperature, and this creates a great deal of pressure. All modern water heaters are outfitted with a TPR (temperature and pressure relief) valve, but if this malfunctions, the water heater can explode.
You can prevent such an occurrence by testing the TPR valve regularly, and following the manufacturer’s instructions regarding safe temperatures. If you think it was installed incorrectly, call Hobson Plumbing and Heating at 630-761-3400.
These plumbing myths could cost you money because they could lead to major problems with your plumbing. To schedule an appointment with a qualified professional, or for more information about these myths, contact us today!