Plumbing plays a vital role in our daily lives, ensuring the efficient flow of water and maintaining the functionality of our homes. However, there are numerous myths and misconceptions surrounding plumbing that have popped up over the years. Here we aim to separate fact from fiction and debunk some of the most common plumbing myths, so you can make more informed plumbing decisions in the future.
Myth #1: A brick in the toilet tank saves water
Fact: This myth originates from a time when toilets were less efficient and had much higher water consumption. In those days, people would often use bricks to displace water in their toilet tanks, reducing water consumption per flush. However, bricks are porous and break down over time, causing poor flushing performance and even complete toilet malfunction. Modern low-flow toilets also eliminate much of the need for this “hack” in the first place.
But if you’re still interested in ways to reduce your water consumption, there are modern options approved by toilet manufacturers. These include adjustable flapper valves, dual-flush systems, fill cycle diverters, and more. Consult manufacturer guidelines or seek advice from a professional plumber for water-saving options that won’t compromise your toilet’s performance.
Myth #2: use hot water to flush grease down Drains
Fact: Hot water might seem like an effective way to get rid of grease, but it’s only a temporary solution. While hot water can liquefy grease initially, it will eventually cool and solidify as it moves into your plumbing system. As a result, grease can build up inside your pipes, leading to blockages and backups.
Instead of pouring grease down the drain, you should let it solidify in a container and dispose of it in the trash. Alternatively, you can collect cooking grease in a sealable container and take it to a local recycling center that accepts used cooking oil.
Myth #3: Toilet tablets are safe and EFFECTIVE
Fact: Toilet tablets are often marketed as a convenient way to keep your toilet clean and fresh. However, many of these tablets contain chemicals that can break down the components inside the tank, such as the flapper, fill valve, and flush valve. Over time, this corrosion can lead to leaks, toilet malfunctions, and costly repairs.
Moreover, relying solely on toilet tablets for cleaning neglects the importance of regular manual cleaning. Deposits can still accumulate under the rim, in the bowl, and around the waterline. Proper cleaning with a toilet brush and mild cleaners helps remove stains, bacteria, and mineral deposits more effectively than relying solely on tablets.
Myth #4: any household cleaner CAN clean plumbing fixtures
Fact: While it may be tempting to use strong household cleaners for tackling stubborn stains on plumbing fixtures, some cleaners can damage the surfaces. Avoid using harsh cleaners, bleach, or ammonia-based products on fixtures such as faucets, sinks, and toilets. Instead, opt for mild cleaners or specific products recommended by the fixture manufacturer.
Myth #5: It’s safe to flush wipes labeled as “flushable.”
Fact: Many wipes marketed as “flushable” can still cause serious plumbing issues. Unlike toilet paper, these wipes do not break down quickly and can clog pipes and sewer systems. It is best to dispose of wipes, even those labeled as flushable, in the trash bin to avoid potential plumbing problems.
By debunking these common plumbing myths, we hope to provide you with accurate information and help you make informed decisions when it comes to your plumbing. We’ll also be continuing the myth busting over on our Facebook so feel free to join us there!
If you have any questions about plumbing, we have answers. Get help from the plumbing professionals at Morgan Miller Plumbing: (816) 765-4843