Sometimes common sense isn’t all too common.
This is especially true when it comes to myths regarding your plumbing.
There are many falsehoods regarding the care of your household pipes and plumbing, which have been perpetuated by media, TV, and advertising by companies who claim their products are “flushable.”
Rather than believing the myths, take it from an emergency plumbing company in London Ontario.
We’ve seen it all, and by debunking these myths we may save you from making some very expensive mistakes.
Using “flushable” cat litter?
Or baby wipes?
Bleach to keep your toilet sparkly clean?
You could be doing more harm than good – let’s look at some common plumbing myths and set them straight.
1. Bleach Will Keep Your Toilet Fresh
Have you seen those toilet tablets which contain bleach?
Think they’re the best way to keep the “Porcelain Throne” sparkling clean?
Heavy concentrations of bleach in toilet tablets will destroy your pipes over time.
If you must use bleach to keep things looking clean and fresh, don’t let it sit for more than a few minutes, and then flush it away.
2. It’s Okay To Pour Any Liquids Down The Drain
Got some leftover grease from cooking dinner?
It’s liquid, so you can pour it down the drain, right?
Not so fast – grease will eventually cool and solidify, and when it does it will coat your pipes.
This can lead to clogs, or worse a burst pipe.
It’s better to wipe down grease with a paper towel, and put it in the garbage can.
3. It’s A Good Idea to Unclog Your Sink With A Plunger
So your sink is clogged up.
Is your first thought to grab the plunger from the bathroom?
If you have a double sink, this could cause the other one to back up, and if you are using chemical drain cleaners to attempt to unclog the sink could lead to a dangerous splash-back.
Instead, try using non-toxic cleaners or a drain snake to help clear things up.
4. You Can Flush Cat Litter Down The Toilet
Cleaning the litter-box may seem a small price to pay for the love of a small, furry creature who sleeps on your face and wakes you up at 4am because it’s hungry.
So, you decide to purchase “flushable” cat litter, to make that job just a little bit easier.
Often derived from corn, wood, or wheat, these so-called flushable litters are biodegradable, unlike clay-based litters which won’t break down.
However, just because a litter is advertised as “flushable” it may not be safe for your septic system.
And some septic systems may not break down your cat’s fecal matter, no matter what type of litter you are using.
On top of that, clumps which are too large may lead to clogged pipes, and newer, water-saving toilets often aren’t built to handle kitty litter of any sort.
Bottom line, better to scoop your cats waste into the trash, not the toilet.
5. You Can Flush Baby Wipes Down The Toilet
Just like with cat litter, there are a lot of baby wipes which are advertised as “flushable”.
And as with cat litter, despite this labelling, most flushable wipes can cause havoc and clog up your system as well.
Save yourself the time and trouble, and drop it in the trash, too.
6. If You Hear A Loud Gurgling Noise From Your Water Heater, It’s About To Explode
That gurgling noise coming from your water heater probably isn’t anything to worry about.
Most likely it is sediment from hard water, moving around and making noises because it’s not able to rise to the top of the tank.
Avoid these unsettling noises by having a plumber come and drain and flush your water heater.
7. Putting A Brick In Your Toilet Bowl Will Save You Money
The theory is that using a brick in your toilet tank will displace water, which means you will use less every time you flush.
However this “brick-trick” can cause damage to the flapper, and over time a brick will crumble and deteriorate, causing more issues for you.
8. If Your Pipes Are Leaking Just A Little Bit, It’s No Big Deal
The tap is just leaking a little – nothing to be concerned about, right?
Not so fast – over time what may seem like a small leak will waste water, increase your water bill, and cause wear and tear over time.
Some leaks you may be able to fix yourself, however when in doubt, be sure to get a plumber in right away – it will save you money in the long run.
Call Triton Plumbing & Service
Do you have a plumbing question you need answered?
A leaky faucet you can’t seem to fix on your own, or a clogged pipe which is giving you trouble?
Triton Plumbing & Service can help – call us today to help get your pipes as good as new.