Tackling Common Plumbing Myths
Tackling Common Plumbing Myths
Indoor plumbing makes your life easy, safe and convenient, but just how much do you know about what your plumbing can and can’t do? We’ve put together a few real answers to some of the questions you may have about common plumbing myths that just aren’t true.
Do My Pipes Keep Creatures Out?
The answer to this is usually “No.” In a typical city sewer line situation, the pipe is actually big enough for rodents like mice and rats to crawl through, and since a sewer pipe isn’t in constant use, it’s actually easy for them to do so.
The exit point is where things become alarming. While you won’t see rats coming out of your shower head, they have been known to come out of toilets. This happens far more regularly than people expect, especially in rat infested cities like New York or London.
Can My Plunger Fix Any Clog?
Surprisingly, your plunger can fix a lot of clogs, and you should always try to use it first before calling plumbers to save both time and money. That doesn’t mean it’s the right solution for every clog, though.
Not all clogs are alike, and some clogs may be outright blockages in the pipe that no amount of suction is going to address. So while clogs are always a useful first tool for attempting a DIY, don’t expect them to fix everything.
Is My Water Heater Explosion Proof?
Most people think that because all a water heater tank does is warm up water, it’s harmless. This, unfortunately is not always true. In rare instances, especially when an amateur has unknowingly damaged the temperature pressure and relief valve, a water heater can actually explode. All it takes is a buildup of heat and/or pressure that isn’t properly vented, and your water heater becomes a bomb.
Is A Leaking Faucet Harmless?
A leaking faucet, in and of itself, is not especially damaging. But in the same way that a recurring upset stomach can be an early warning of an ulcer, a leaking faucet is a symptom.
It’s up to you then, to decide whether to ignore this, or allow whatever is causing it to continue. But leaking faucets are your plumbing’s way of telling you that you have a small problem which, if left unattended, can grow into a bigger, more expensive problem.
If Water goes Down the Drain, There’s No Problem, Right?
Water going down the drain means that, for the moment, there is no big issue with your pipes. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t problems, only that they haven’t grown large enough to seriously affect you yet. This is especially true if you notice that your water is going down the drain, only more slowly than in the past.
Keep an eye out for indicators that hint at a growing problem with your pipes. If you want to be more proactive, have your pipes inspected to see whether or not there are any potential obstructions that are slowly developing into more serious clogs.
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Perry Plumbing is the San Diego, CA plumbing company that can handle all of your plumbing needs. If you have a repair or inspection that you want done, contact us at 619-472-2112 and let us deliver the professional results you deserve.