When it comes down to plumbing myths, there are a lot that are more old wives tales than the truth. And, if you do not know what is what when you see leaks or hear a gurgling in your walls, you might be setting yourself up for trouble and a serious repair bill. Nobody wants to deal with that, so it is essential to educate yourself on what is true or and what isn’t. Read on for a couple of common plumbing myths that you should ignore.
Placing a Brick on the Back of Your Toilet Bowl Will Save You Money
This is not true. Bricks belong on houses or sidewalks or in your fireplaces, not in your toilet! This is a great way to break your flapper, causing you to have to flush two times, thus wasting water and ringing up your water bill. Bricks also have a tendency to crumble and break down over time. Try to leave them out of your toilet tank to save money.
Bleach-Containing Toilet Tablets Keep the Toilet Fresh
Nope, since the heavy concentration of the bleach will destroy the inner workings of your toilet in around six months. It is okay to use bleach in a toilet bowl cleaner, but do not let it sit in your toilet bowl for more than eight minutes or so. Squirt, swish, and then flush is a much better rule of thumb.
Water Heaters Will Explode if You Hear a Loud Rumbling, Gurgling Noise
This is not true, so remain calm. What is probably happening is the sediment from hard water is being moved around in your water heater near the burner or around the bottom, and it is causing loud sounds, which is actually popping since it can’t rise to the top due to the sentiment blocking the way. It is a good idea to have a plumber come out to drain and flush your water heater on a consistent basis.
Flushable Wipes Can All Be Flushed Down the Toilet
Wow, this one is tricky. These wipes can be flushed, but we don’t recommend it. They can cause some severe clogging issues. It is true that they’re more biodegradable than a wet sock, but not a whole lot better. Flushable wipes have the ability to back up your system. Do not waste your money.
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