When it comes to plumbing there are many myths out there, some are quite foolish to imagine people would believe in. Yet, no matter how I wish it wasn’t true, it simply is. Well, here I present to you: Plumbing Myths Debunked!
Myth 1: Toilets flush in the other direction in the land down under
Bart Simpson explored this idea in the show The Simpsons. Yet, as much as he thought it would be true, it simply isn’t. Toilets do not flush in the other direction south of the equator. The belief behind this idea comes from the something called the Coriolis Effect, which is when cyclones rotate in different directions depending on where they are located respective of the equator. But this effect simply isn’t strong enough to create the effect in the toilet. Plus, the jets in the toilet determine the direction the water spins.
Myth 2: Flush anything down the toilet
When you want to dispose of an item, make sure to check if the item is actually flushable. Common items thrown down the toilet, such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and makeup should be disposed of properly, instead of depending on the toilet to be your garbage bin. Then again, some products claim to be flushable. Such products can include products such as baby wipes, whom do not break down in water and can cause a clog.
Myth 3: A dripping faucet isn’t a big deal
Sure, it might not look it can cause any harm, but those drops can end up, even filling up more than a bucket. This can come back to bite you when you are paying for the water bill. For instance, Canadians lose a lot of their water through leaks in the house. Considering one drop per minute can add up to 3L a week, that is pretty massive. Considering the obvious fact that leaks lead to higher utility bills including sewage charges, it is best to have your faucet repaired as soon as possible.
Myth 4: Hot Water Melts the Grease to Prevent Clogs
It is not possible to deny that hot water can melt the grease and wash it down the drain. Yet, the grease has to flow along direction before reaching the city sewers. More often than not, the liquefied grease hits the pipe, it can cool and solidify. The grease itself is a magnet for food bits, hair, and other things, and then eventually clogging the pipe up. Then comes the big problem, since the pipes are out of reach of the common household items used to unclog a drain. Then having to call a plumber is an extra added cost that could have been avoided from the beginning. Something to consider is using cold water onto the grease to solidify it and ensure it just flows right out to the city sewer.
Myth 5: A little of grease is fine right?
The problem above usually begins with the thought that a little bit of grease can be fine. Yet, like anything in life, little drops can amount to a huge pile, and you end up with a big problem that could have been avoided from the beginning. They believe that it will flow and long it goes, or the thought that with hot water, it will not be a problem. Grease is something that should be disposed of properly and never be poured down the sink. The best idea is to keep a can and collect the grease and eventually dispose of it.
Myth 6: Bring in plumbers after the problems happen, never before
Sure, you can hire them when the problem is hitting you the hardest, but there are always better ways to going about doing this. Hiring them to inspect your house is what is best to do. Unexpected plumbing problems are an annoyance and can be excruciating depending on your circumstances. Getting a plumbing inspection, and prevent future problems is what should be done. Preventing large problems, identifying overlooked small issues and learning more about your plumbing system is massively beneficial.
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