Common Plumbing Myths 101 That Might Suprise You

Common Plumbing Myths 101

When trying to take care of your home in the best way possible, it is important that you’ve got at least a basic knowledge of your housing components and how they work. This will help you attend to small problems swiftly and also let you know when you need to call in professional help.

As far as your plumbing goes, there is a lot of misinformation out there. As a first step take some time to learn what is fact and what is fiction. You want to have correct information so that you can avoid serious plumbing troubles. Here is a crash course in plumbing myths 101.

Creatures Won’t Swim up my Pipes

rats-in-pipesUnfortunately, this myth is true. As a rule of thumb, if a creature is flexible, can swim and is of the right size, they most certainly can swim in your pipes and appear in your home.Given the ecosystem in Tampa and Clearwater areas, there are a host of creatures that could potentially give you problems, like snakes, frogs and small rodents. To prevent this, simply install a moveable flap over the waste tube of your toilet.

It’s Not a Big Deal if my Faucet is Leaking

Although a leaky faucet seems like it’s more of an inconvenience than a major problem, ignoring it can quickly develop into something worse. A leaky faucet can be an indication of another leak elsewhere in your pipes, which could potentially cause severe damage to your home. Don’t forget when the faucet is leaking you are wasting water, which costs you more money.

My Hot Water Tank Won’t Explode

Rest assured, with the right conditions, your hot water heater definitely will explode. It all comes down to a single valve. The T&P valve (temperature and pressure) regulates the temperature in your tank. It releases steam produced during the heating process. If something (like cluttered storage around the tank) is preventing air flow for that release, an explosion could happen. Also, if the valve is somehow damaged, it also could prevent the steam from releasing too.

clogged-drainsMy Sink Still Drains; I Don’t Have a Clog

Wrong again. If your sinks, tubs or showers are still draining, but are slow to do so, you’ve likely got a clog brewing. While the clog is small, water will still flow until it is completely blocked. It’s a good idea to take care of a clog when it is small. The bigger it gets, the harder it is to remove.

All I Need is my Plunger to Remove Clogs

No question, your plunger is a great tool to dislodge clogs. However, if the clog is sizable or if it is made of dense or heavy material (major debris or tree root) a plunger won’t work. You’ll need a plumbing snake to twist through and break up the clog or the high-pressure spray of hydro jetting to break it down and flush it away.

Running into some obstacles with your plumbing DIY in Tampa and Clearwater, FL? Our Team at Tampa Bay Plumbing would love to give you a hand. Give us a call today at (727) 223-6400.

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