Top 6 Plumbing Myths Debunked


People claim to be experts in anything these days, including plumbing. There’s too much misinformation out there about how to fix leaky faucets or what to pour down your drains to clear blockages. You need to make sure you aren’t being fooled by the top plumbing myths, because these myths could end up costing you time and money.


Here are the top 6 plumbing myths debunked:


Myth 1: It’s Draining, So It’s Not Clogged

Truth: Even when water is still going down the drain, that doesn’t mean things are going smoothly. In fact, you could have a serious problem lurking around the corner. Slower moving water, bubbling, and gurgling could be signs that a clog is starting to form. Don’t use the pipe again until you can get around to clearing out the blockage.


Myth 2: You Can Stuff Anything Down a Garbage Disposal

Truth: No, you can’t. Many homeowners think that just because the disposal can chop things up means that it works like a food processor, but that’s not how it works. The truth is that there’s a lot of things that could dull the blades and get stuck in the pipe. Things like egg shells, banana peels, nut butters, bones, and other thick foods can cause extensive damage, which is expensive to repair.


Myth 3: Plumbing Fixtures Don’t Require Maintenance

Truth: Preventative maintenance will save you. This means that, yes, your plumbing requires routine check-ups. Just because you’re household pipes are creaking and clanking and everything is draining as it should doesn’t mean that there isn’t build-up. Debris like food or hair and shampoo can accumulate over time, causing back-ups right at the worst time. Make sure your plumbing is being annually inspected for cracks in the pipes, clogs, or other damages that may occur.


Myth 4: Disposable Wipes Can Be Flushed

Truth: Unfortunately, disposable wipes are not flushable wipes. Like the garbage disposal which can only handle certain items, the toilet bowl is only for flushing human waste and toilet paper—nothing else. Disposable wipes are not biodegradable in the same manner TP is, so only throw those wipes away in the regular garbage bin.


Myth 5: Plungers Can Unclog Anything

Truth: Plungers work well for small clogs in toilets and tubs but not for anything else. Most people also don’t understand how to use a plunger properly and cause more harm than good. If a small clog isn’t correctly handled, it could lead to an overflow. If you find that your toilet is getting clogged up or you’re reaching for the plunger more than usual, it could be the toilet paper you’re using. Check to make sure you’re using septic-safe paper.


Myth 6: Leaky Faucets Are Common

Truth: No, leaky faucets are not commonplace and shouldn’t be treated as such. A leaky faucet is generally a sign that something is wrong. Not only that, but having a faucet or pipe that continuously leaks is wasting resources and costing you money—two things no one likes. Do yourself and the environment a favor. Get that leaky faucet fixed as soon as you can.


How many of these plumbing myths have you believed in? Now, that these myths have been debunked, it’s time to take action against the clogs and leaks that could be messing with your household’s plumbing. Be sure to take the right action or call a professional plumber to help you out.


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