As a homeowner, there are probably a lot of things you wished you would have known before moving in. Along with the joy of homeownership comes the oftentimes overlooked possible plumbing woes that can occur.
Below we’ve debunked several “myths” to help you ward off plumbing faux-pas.
Myth: “My plumbing can handle all my weekend guests.”
Even if you can handle an overflow of house guests, but your sewer or septic system may not! This line is responsible for all waste water from your home, including the kitchen, showers, and toilets. So, if you have more people than usual staying over, and particularly if you have slow drains, make sure that you limit shower time so the lines have time to clear. You may also want to ask your guests to not flush the toilet with each use. By asking your guests to be mindful with their water usage, you might save yourself a soppy backyard, or flooded basement.
Myth: “My Hot Water Heater is Going to Explode!”
There you are sitting on the sofa watching television when you hear a loud rumbling noise coming from your hot water heater. Most people are frightened by this and think that impending explosion is near.
The truth is, the noise is a result of sediment that’s collected in the tank. Since sediment is made of loose minerals, such as calcium from hard water it sinks to the bottom of the tank, where the heating element is located. When the burner ignites to heat your water, the sediment prevents the heat from rising properly which results in a popping sound.
Myth: Leaky Faucets are no Big Deal
Fact: Many homeowners don’t think this is a big deal, but not only does it cost you money, but it’s not helping the environment either. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaky faucets can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually! And that equates to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes nationwide!
Leaky faucets lead to higher water bills, so it’s a good idea to hip this problem in the bud as soon as you hear the first drip. In addition, once dripping starts, it can wear out your faucet or stain your plumbing fixtures, which ultimately leads to more money spent on repairs and/or replacement parts.
Myth: Ice cubes will sharpen garbage disposal blades
Fact: While orange and lemon peels do smell nice, the peels can clog the drain. Make sure your disposal is powerful enough to cut through the peels before you toss them in. If you’re unsure, simply pour white vinegar down the drain to freshen your disposal.
Knowledge is power! Now that these myths have been debunked, you have the no-how to keep your plumbing and septic lines flowing as they should, and ultimately protect your home and wallet against unpleasant and costly issues.