As you tackle your DIY home maintenance, do you ever really wonder about some of the facts that you think you know? Especially when it comes to your plumbing, you may be operating based on knowledge that isn’t entirely true.
It’s not your fault, though. There are numerous plumbing myths circulating that many people have believed for years. We’ll set the story straight here with the hard facts behind plumbing myths.
My Plunger Will Fix Any Clog
If you’ve always been successful removing clogs with your plunger, that’s great. In reality, that is probably because you haven’t encountered a really stubborn clog yet. How you take a clog out has a lot to do with its size and composition. For instance, if your clog is being caused by a tree root intrusion, then you’ll need to use hydrojetting (which uses high-pressure water spray).
If Water is Still Draining, There is No Clog
If your water is the least bit slow to drain, there is a good chance that you’ve got a clog growing. It may be small enough right now to let a small amount of water pass, but as it grows you’ll be looking at more serious blockage. Treat this as a warning sign and take care of it right away.
Creatures Cannot Swim up my Pipes
Any creature that is small enough, flexible enough, is able to swim and has access to sewers or your pipes can get up and through your pipes- all the way into your home. Keep those unwanted visitors out by putting in a flap over the waste tube on your toilet.
Common creatures that are found in homeowner pipes are snakes, frogs, rats and other rodents.
My Water Heater Exploding? I Don’t Think So
If there is something blocking your T&P (temperature and pressure) valve, then your hot water tank is in danger of exploding. This valve serves to release steam during the process of heating the water in the tank.
In order to prevent this from happening, locate the valve and make sure that it isn’t damaged. Also make sure that you don’t have any household items blocking the air flow.
A Leaky Faucet is a Small Problem
If you discover a leaky faucet, don’t shrug it off thinking that it is no big deal. Not only is a leaky faucet causing you to waste water (and money) it is also can be symptomatic of bigger problems (like leaky pipes). Usually the bigger the problem, the greater the potential damage. That’s why you need to determine what is causing it right away.
Our plumbing knowledge is derived from years of training and experience serving customers just like you. We’re here to help with all of your plumbing needs. Call Magic Plumbing today at (415)-441-2255 for service all over San Francisco, CA.