Popular Plumbing Myths that People Actually Believe
“True or False” is everyone’s favorite game, isn’t it? Plumbing is one of the oldest professions in the world. When it comes to residential plumbing systems, our Plumbers have seen and heard it all. There are a number of hacks that people believe, some true, some not so much.
Sure, it might not be bothering you, but a leaking bathroom faucet can cause damage and cost you a ton of money. On top of that, it’s awful for the environment – wasting about a trillion gallons annually.
Myth # 2: Flushing Cat Litter Down the Toilet
Please don’t do this! For one thing, cat feces contain parasites that can be extremely harmful to human beings as well as to marine life. The wastewater treatment facility will likely eradicate these parasites, but why risk it? (Note that the risk is most acute for pregnant women.)
No they DON’T! This plumbing myth is a head scratcher but a lot of people believe it. While they will clean the blades up a bit they aren’t going to make them any sharper.
Myth #4: You should flush lemon peels down the disposal to make it smell good.
Well, it might smell good but you shouldn’t do it. Lemon peels will likely clog your drain unless you have a really powerful disposal. Not to test it, use white vinegar instead when you feel your disposal needs to be freshened up a bit.
Myth 5: Hot Water Dislodge Slow Drains
It’s understandable to believe that hot water will melt grease and carry it safely through the plumbing system. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Once that liquefied grease gets further down the pipes, it cools down and re-solidifies. One meat marinara night won’t cause a clog, but repeated grease dumping eventually will. It’s best to keep a heat-proof container to collect grease and toss it in the trash when it’s full.
Have a tub in your home that just won’t seem to drain as fast as it should? Everyday items like dirt and hair can build up and lead to a slow drain, but you can likely fix the problem yourself in just a few minutes. Try these steps below, but if the blockage is major you may need to call in a plumber:
Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain and follow it with 1 cup of white vinegar. After allowing the solution to foam for about 5 minutes, run the hot water. This mixture will help deodorize the drain and should loosen up a mild blockage.
You can try using a plunger but make to exercise some caution. Place it over the drain opening and plunge 4 to 5 times. Then run hot water down the drain to see if the blockage was cleared.
Still not working? Use a pipe snake, but be sure to remove the drain cover first.
It’s bad enough to have a clogged drain or a clogged toilet, but what happens when you have a clogged sewer drain? This can be a very serious plumbing problem since the water has no place to go. How can you tell if you have a clogged sewer drain? Find out below:
More Than One Fixture Is Clogged
If your toilet, tub, and/or shower are backed up at the same time, this is an obvious sign that you have a clogged sewer drain. You may notice it in your toilet first since this is the most direct path to the sewer and has the biggest drain line in the house.
Flush The Toilet And Water Enters The Tub
Have you ever flushed the toilet only to notice water coming up in your tub or shower? This means that the flushed water wasn’t able to go down the sewer drain and had to escape at the lowest point – which is usually the shower drain.
Check The Main Clean Out
If you ha main line clean out this is another way you can tell if the sewer drain is clogged. Remove the cap and check for any waste or water that has backed up. If water is flowing up and out of the clean out pipe or standing in the pipes, you have a main line sewer blockage.
You stand back and gasp as the water in your toilet slowly rises to the top. You realize that something is blocking the drain and there’s nothing you can do about it now. Or can you?
The first step to solving the problem is to stop the immediate overflow. Once you have that under way, turn off the toilet’s water supply. You can usually find this near the bottom side of the bowl.
Then, remove the tank cover and lift the float cup or float ball high enough so the water stops running. If you can’t seem to get it to stop, turn off the water supply to the entire house. It’s usually located in the basement near the water heater and it looks like a valve or a knob.
You’re going to have to remove any excess water at the brim of the bowl, so make sure you put on rubber gloves before you do so. Once you remove enough water, you can use your plunger to try to unclog the drain. If it doesn’t, you may need to call in the professionals!
Are you experiencing a clog so tough that traditional methods of drain cleaning can’t take care of it? You might be in the market for high-velocity water jetting!
Water Jetting is an effective alternative for restoring your drains to a like-new condition. Though snaking and cabling can be sufficient fixes to drains filled with sludge, grease, soap, roots and other foreign materials, you might need something that goes above and beyond to fight through these thick blockages once and for all.
That’s where water jetting comes into play. This technology can pressure wash your drain with up to 4,000 pounds per square inch of water pressure. Voila! Your once clogged drains are now good as new.
Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air offers professional drain services to the Twin Cities. Call us today for your water jetting specialist or visit our website for more information.
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