Top ten plumbing myths busted

A lot of people don’t pay much attention to their home’s plumbing. That is until something goes wrong! Anytime a pipe bursts, or you’ve discovered damp patches on the walls; the damage may have already occurred.

Let’s take a look at the top ten plumbing myths, busted!

1: You can stop a leak by tightening a tap

Drip, drip, drip. How annoying! Tightening a tap can stop a leak, right? Wrong! Each time you tighten the tap, you are putting more strain on it, and not fixing the problem. A simple fix is installing a new washer on the tap.

2: You don’t need to worry about drains until they are clogged

Out of sight, out of mind. If water is still running through the drain, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t slowly developing a blockage. Once it does become noticeable, the water flow slows, and your drains are likely to be partially blocked already. Regular plumbing maintenance will make sure your drains remain clear of blockages.

3: You can flush anything down the toilet

Since a toilet handles human waste, then surely it can handle other rubbish too. No way! A toilet is not a rubbish bin. The leading causes of blocked toilets are usually paper towels, tissues, and cotton balls.

4: A plunger is all you need to clear a blocked toilet

A plunger may work for minor clogs. But what if you have a serious problem? You can plunge and push all you like, but it won’t make a difference. Better to call an emergency plumber ASAP instead!

5: Animals can’t swim up into your toilet bowl

This may seem straight out of a horror movie, but it’s scarily false. Animals such as a snake or rat can swim their way up through the pipes and into the toilet bowl. Make sure you check inside before you take a seat!

6: All plumbers can fix any problem

Unfortunately, like any other profession, some plumbers don’t have the right qualifications, experience, or equipment to fix problems. They will also waste your hard-earned money too! Make sure that you only choose licensed and experienced plumbers.

7: A dripping tap won’t affect your water bill

It may not seem like much water, but a dripping tap will skyrocket your water bill. As soon as you detect a leak, it’s best to have it fixed right away to cut your water usage and bills.

8: Flushing cat litter down the toilet is ok

Cat litter doesn’t break-down and is bad for your drains when you flush it. Cat litter can lead to blockages, and also cause toxins to spread, which may affect your health.

9:  Save money by putting a brick in the toilet’s cistern

Over time, the brick will deteriorate, which will cause damage to other working parts. It can also displace too much water, causing you to flush the toilet multiple times to get rid of the contents.

10: Dropping your wedding ring down the sink means it’s gone forever

Accidents happen, and this is one stressful (and expensive) mistake! If your wedding ring goes down the sink, quickly put a bucket below the P-Trap (the bending shaped pipe), and remove the clean-out. You should find your ring safe and sound.


Did any of these myths cause your plumbing problems? DK Egan is here to help! Contact us on 0427 625 716 for a free quote, or an emergency.