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4 Plumbing Myths That Can Cost You

Posted on: October 8, 2019

Have you fallen victim to any of these plumbing myths? Truth is, people believe certain things are safe for your plumbing, when in reality, they aren’t. Here are 4 popular plumbing myths that can really cost you.

Myth 1: You can ignore a leaky faucet.

So, your faucet drips? Big deal, right? Well, even a slow leak can turn into a big deal. What will it cost you? On average, household leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year. That’s 270 loads of laundry. That slow, leaky faucet will affect your water bill, so if you notice your faucet leaking, get it fixed sooner rather than later.

Myth 2: Toilet Bowl Tablets w/ Bleach Clean Toilets

Bleach in a toilet bowl? All good. Tablets that contain bleach that just sit in your toilet? No good. These tablets are destructive and will destroy part of your toilets in as fast as six months. A good rule of thumb is to not let bleach sit in your toilet for more than 10 minutes.

Myth 3: Grease + Boiling Water = Clear Pipes

Grease coats your pipes and makes clogs far more likely to happen. In fact, boiling water does absolutely nothing to break down the grease as it goes through your pipes. You should always throw grease away in the trash.

Myth 4: You can flush most bathroom paper products

While it’s well known that you shouldn’t flush things like tampons or other feminine products down the toilet, you shouldn’t be flushing anything besides toilet paper. Even products marked as “flushable wipes” shouldn’t go down your toilet. Regardless of if your home is on a private septic tank or public sewer, you shouldn’t be flushing anything besides toilet paper.

If you’re experiencing plumbing problems or repercussions from any of these plumbing myths, call Black Diamond at (815) 444-0979 for assistance.

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