Five Common Assumptions Homeowners Make About Their Plumbing System That Can Cause Problems

It's not usually enjoyable to deal with plumbing issues in the home, but it's a necessity. Unfortunately, many homeowners procrastinate about growing plumbing concerns in their homes by making some of the following five inaccurate assumptions:

Drains that drain slowly are working adequately.

The sooner you deal with a drain that's not draining as fast as it used to, the less likely you are to have severe problems that require invasive repairs.

A little drain line cleaner or main line cleaner when you first notice the issue can prevent an enormous backup in your system that could put your plumbing fixtures out of order for an extended period of time. 

A water heater that makes loud noises indicates a pending disaster.

While water heaters may need servicing if they are making a lot of noise during operation, there are some very benign causes of abnormal noisemaking.

It's not uncommon for mineral sediments to settle on the bottom of a hot water heater tank that could cause some unusual noises when the unit is turned on. These noises occur because of air bubbles that develop at the bottom of the tank and work their way up to the top when the water heater starts working. 

A garbage disposal can handle any type of food waste.

Any homeowner with a garbage disposal needs to become familiarized with what types of food waste could be harmful to disposal blades. 

Putting tough, fibrous foods down a disposal like artichokes or citrus peels could cause clogs. Also, coffee grounds can build up in pipes and create clogs even after they have passed through a disposal. 

A small leak in a faucet isn't something that needs to be looked at by a plumber.

Leaky faucets may at first seem harmless, but they can lead to severe problems over time. Leaky faucets indicate that there is some loose or worn out hardware in the plumbing system. 

Leaks can cost a lot of money on utility bills over time because they constantly waste water. It's therefore important to get them taken care of immediately to both save money and prevent bigger plumbing problems.

If you place an in-tank toilet bowl cleaner in your toilet, you don't need to take the time to clean your toilet.

An in-tank toilet bowl cleaner that you simply leave in the bowl may be effective at cutting down on odors. However, it's not going to do anything to remove build-up from your bowl. Build-up that accumulates in your toilet bowl over time can lead to clogged or overflowing toilets.

Make sure you regularly are cleaning your toilet with a good cleaner and a toilet bowl brush to keep build-up under control and to prevent clogs. For more information, contact an expert in plumbing services.


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