5 Plumbing Myths to Stop Believing

August 25, 2020
Avatar for Maria ToscoMaria Tosco

Trying to save money by DIYing your stopped-up sink? While it’s often tempting to try to fix plumbing problems yourself, the best way to ensure your plumbing stays in tip-top shape is the call a professional plumber like Avanti Plumbing Inc. Our team is trained on the latest tools, technology, and techniques, and we know what to look for to solve the problems quickly and effectively.

Some of these plumbing myths have been going around for decades, but we’re ready to squash them once and for all. Don’t fall for these plumbing myths:

Putting a Brick in the Toilet Tank Will Save Money

False! Many people think that placing a brick in the tank can force the toilet to use less water per flush. However, not only is this not true, but it can also go the other direction and displace too much water. This would cause you to flush more and therefore use more water. Not to mention the fact that the brick can disintegrate over time and cause issues with your flapper.

There’s No Need to Worry About the Leaking Faucet

False! Even the smallest amount of wasted water is still, well, being wasted. In fact, a leaking faucet can cost you a lot of money – based on the average numbers, your faucet could be wasting about 2,650 gallons per year. That’s about 270 loads of laundry! TLDR; don’t ignore that leaking faucet. Call Avanti Plumbing and Heating Inc.!

Water Flushes in the Opposite Direction in the Southern Hemisphere

False! This is a fun one to think about and could be an interesting way to do science experiments in your home with the kids, but unfortunately the Coriolis Effect only applies to larger water bodies. You may have heard that cyclones rotate in opposite directions in the Northern and Southern hemispheres – and while this is true, it doesn’t apply to the water in your toilet.

Flushable Wipes Can Be Flushed

False! Mostly. Using one or two very occasionally might be okay. However, using too many flushable wipes can cause them to build up in your pipes and create a nasty clog, which can lead to many other more dramatic problems such as a burst pipe. Ideally, the best course of action is to avoid flushing flushable wipes, despite their name.

It’s Okay to Pour Hot Grease Down the Sink

False! Even though it’s a liquid, hot grease should not be poured down your sink under any circumstance. It can coat the pipes, inspiring more buildup that can lead to problems such as clogs and burst pipes. Additionally, pouring boiling water down the pipes, especially in an attempt to melt the grease, can make the issues worse by hardening the grease and make it more difficult to remove.

Don’t fall for these plumbing myths. If you are unsure about what you’ve heard or if you have questions about your plumbing, don’t hesitate to contact our plumbing professionals at Avanti Plumbing and Heating Inc. We are always standing by to answer your questions and solve your plumbing problems.