Discover These Prevalent Plumbing Myths

Fact or fiction? Myth or reality? Some of the things you know, or think you know about the plumbing system in your home may well be incorrect. Let’s take a look at debunking some popular plumbing myths.

A Plunger Can Fix Any Clog

This myth is false. A plunger can be a valuable tool for unclogging a toilet if too much toilet paper has been flushed down. It can even be useful for certain clogged kitchen or bathroom sinks.

By pushing up and down on it, you create pressure between the plunger and the clog, forcing it to move. Therefore, the plunger is only effective if the clog is relatively close to the drain and there aren’t other pipes splitting off where the pressure can be relieved.

Through years of use, grease from food waste, dirt, and grime can accumulate along the walls of your pipes, constricting the flow of water. Hair and other debris get caught in the gunk until you end up with a complete blockage.

For tougher clogs like these, you may want to consult a professional plumber. An experienced plumbing professional will have the necessary tools to clear out stubborn clogs.

They may opt for the use of a plumbing snake or auger. Alternatively, a process known as hydrojetting that uses a highly pressurized stream of water to blast away the clog may be the best option.

A Dripping Faucet Isn’t an Important Problem

Another false myth. A leaky faucet may not seem like a big deal at first glance, but it can add up over time. If you have a tap that drips once every five seconds, the amount of wasted water over the course of the year could add up to well over 400 gallons.

Not only is that a terrible waste of a valuable resource that’s in limited supply, but it can also represent significant added costs on your water bills.

Most leaking taps are caused by a cracked or damaged washer. Other leaks are the result of a worn or broken valve in the pep assembly. Those can result in water dripping on the counter and under the cabinet, damaging the wood and promoting the growth of mold and mildew.

Our experts can help you maximize the comfort and cleanliness of your home space and prevent health challenges. To learn more on how to create a healthier home environment, call All-N-One Plumbing, serving the Independence, MO area, now at 816-886-7600.