Separating Facts from Fiction

Plumbing is an essential part of every household. As plumbers, we hear people list off many myths and misconceptions about plumbing, how it works and how to maintain it. We’ve heard it all, from the idea that flushing certain items down the toilet is harmless, to the notion that you need to replace your pipes every few years. In this blog post, we’re setting the record straight on some of the most common plumbing myths out there.

#1: Flushing wipes and other items down the toilet is no big deal

Flushing wipes, hygiene products, and other items down the toilet can cause major blockages in your pipes and drainage system. These items can create what’s known as a “fatberg,” a massive clog made up of non-disintegrable debris. The best way to avoid these issues is to only flush toilet paper and human waste down the toilet.

#2: Pipes need to be replaced every few years

While it’s true that pipes can wear out over time, they can last for decades with proper maintenance and care. If you’re experiencing frequent leaks or other issues, it may be a sign that your pipes need to be repaired or replaced. However, replacing them unnecessarily can be a costly and unnecessary expense.

#3: Turning off the hot water system while you’re away can save energy

It is true that you can save energy by turning off your water heater, however, doing so while you are away can sometimes lead to higher energy usage. Depending on how long you’ve been away, when you turn it back on, the system has to work harder to heat up the water, using more energy in the process. Instead, lower the temperature on your water heater while you’re away.

#4: DIY plumbing repairs save money

While it’s true that there are some minor plumbing repairs that can be done by homeowners, such as fixing a leaky tap or unclogging a drain, more complex repairs should always be left to the professionals. Attempting to fix a major plumbing issue yourself can lead to more damage and higher repair costs in the long run. Read more about this here.

At Plumbaround, we’re committed to providing our customers with the information and resources they need to maintain their plumbing systems and avoid costly repairs. If you’re experiencing plumbing issues or have any questions about proper maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us at 07 3038 1038 for expert advice and assistance.