To the uninitiated, plumbing can seem less like a trade and more like witchcraft, which goes a long way to explaining why there are so many different plumbing myths out there. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with all that.
Today, we’re going to be debunking eight of the most common plumbing myths, separating fact from fantasy.
1. Animals can’t enter your home through your toilet
Yep, that’s right, animals can enter your home through your toilet. Of course, this is still something of a rarity, but rats and snakes (admittedly, not in the UK) have been known to scurry and slither up toilet bowls and into homes, so beware!
2. Flushable baby wipes are indeed flushable
Nope, sorry. If you regularly use and flush these “flushable” wipes, you will end up causing nearly as much damage as you would with the unflushable ones. This is because you’re not giving the wipes enough time to disintegrate in the pipes, meaning they will stack up and eventually clog.
3. Putting a brick in your toilet tank can help you save water
We’re not sure who came up with this one, but whoever you are – you’re wrong. The idea is that a brick in the tank will force the toilet to use less water when flushing, but this isn’t the case. Not only will a brick erode over time and cause damage to the toilet, it will in fact make the toilet use more water due to displacement.
4. Pouring boiling water down your pipes can eliminate grease
Sounds like it might work, but trust us, it doesn’t. Boiling water will actually only serve to harden the grease in the long run, making it even more difficult to remove.
5. A leaky tap isn’t cause for concern
Wrong. A leaky tap can, if left for long enough, actually cost you a huge amount of money. The average leakage rate per tap is around 10,000 litres globally. That’s around 270 loads of laundry, give or take.
6. It’s safe to take a shower during a storm
We certainly wouldn’t recommend it. Given that electricity can travel through pipes in a home and both metal and water conduct electricity, lightning could, in theory, get to you in the shower.
7. A water heater that’s making loud gurgling noises might explode!
Unlikely. These sorts of sounds tend to be caused by air popping due to sediment blocking the burner in the water tank. This shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re concerned, you can always call your local plumber and they can take a look for you.
8. You can use a plunger to unclog a sink
False. If you are using a chemical-based drain cleaner to try and clear a clog, you definitely shouldn’t be using a plunger on the sink as well. This is because the plunger could well pull some of the drain cleaner out of the sink, splashing and damaging your skin.
Here at Around The Bend Plumbing, we pride ourselves on delivering professional and reliable plumbing services at competitive prices for all of our customers in Brighton, Eastbourne, and Worthing. If you’re having problems with your plumbing, get in touch with a friendly member of our team today and we’ll make sure your issue is remedied as quickly as possible.