Common myths aren’t always about the supernatural or scary. Sometimes we tell stories about everyday things that get passed around without anyone ever disputing them, despite the fact that sometimes these “facts” are merely fiction. Plumbing is definitely a subject that has experienced its own fair share of myths. To avoid believing false information, we’ve decided to bust a few common plumbing myths.

Myth:If Water is Draining, You Don’t Have a Problem

The myth is common and simple. If water can get through, there is obviously not a clog. While this sort of makes sense on some level, this myth is ignoring one little fact…

Fact: Even if You Have Good Drainage, There Can Still be a Clog
Clogs build up over time. Even though water is getting through now, that doesn’t mean it’s not passing a build-up of grease, hair, and food that will continue to accumulate until you start to notice that the water is accumulating, too. Don’t get stuck in a situation where your sink is entirely backed up. In that case, not even store-bought solutions will do the trick. To maintain your sinks and keep them running smoothly, avoid pouring food, grease, hair, and other debris down the sink and give your drains a regular cleaning.

Myth: Any Paper Product Can Be Flushed Down the Toilet

We’ve all been guilty of using tissue or paper towel as a last resort when we accidentally run out of toilet paper. While it might not seem like such a big deal, it can lead to a huge problem.

Fact: Only Toilet Paper and Human Waste Belong in the Toilet
You might think that other paper products such as napkins, paper towel, and tissue paper are all more or less made of the same materials and are, therefore, all flushable; but this is not the case. Only toilet paper is designed to disintegrate quickly in liquid, whereas the stronger fibres in paper towel, for instance, take much longer to break down. Don’t believe us? Try cleaning your countertop with soapy paper towel and soapy toilet paper. You’ll realize quite quickly that toilet paper almost immediately starts to break down. To avoid pesky toilet clogs, here are a few things to remember:

-Only toilet paper and waste belong in the toilet (that’s what toilets were designed for)
-Even toilet paper that is advertised as being especially soft or comfortable has a tendency to clog toilets, so beware.
-“Flushable” baby or cleaning wipes aren’t as flushable as they advertise. It’s best to throw them in the garbage.

Myth: Leaky Faucets Aren’t That Big of a Deal

While a constant trickle of little water droplets hitting the sink is a small torture for some people, the worst it can ever be is annoying, right? Wrong. Sure they’re just little drops, but if you think about how many times a day, hour, minute water drips from your faucet, you might start to -see the bigger picture.

Fact: Leaky Faucets Should be Checked ASAP
Leaky faucets account for over 10,000 gallons of water wastage a year! That’s several hundred loads of laundry and hundreds of dollars of water literally going down the drain. Leaky faucets are not only an unnecessary waste of resources, but also a huge waste of your money.

Fortunately, leaky faucets are a really easy and cheap fix. They are typically a result of a loose washer, connection, or gasket. Replacing these or using plumber tape to tighten the connection is almost guaranteed to fix the problem.

Don’t be sucked into the common plumbing myths. When it comes to healthy drains and toilets, prevention and maintenance are key. Contact ClearView Plumbing to schedule an appointment.

Written by Kyle Lumsden

Kyle Lumsden