Universal Plumbing Myths for You to Discover

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Tall tales, urban legends, folk stories, and myths. They can be entertaining and interesting, but they can also be the source of a lot of misinformation. If you rely on incorrect information when it comes to your plumbing, you may be unpleasantly surprised by the outcome.

Here's a quick look at a few common plumbing myths and misconceptions.

There Isn't Anything All That Bad About A Faucet That Leaks A Little

Leaking faucet

The constant drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet can be very annoying. But beyond that, it can represent a costly waste and damage the surface of your sink. It's estimated that a tap that drips every five seconds will waste more than 400 gallons in a year.

Faucets leaking from the handle can significantly damage the counter’s surface and lead to rot and mold growth in the cabinet below.

A dripping tap is usually the result of a worn out or damaged washer. These can be replaced very quickly and at a reasonable cost. A leaking valve, however, may necessitate the replacement of the faucet.

If Water Drains, Then It Is Not Really Clogged

Clogged drain

When sinks and tubs are slow to empty out, it's the sign of a clog, even if it isn't completely blocked. Grime, grease and dirt will accumulate inside the pipe, slowly restricting how much water gets through.

The problem is made worse when hair and other debris get trapped by the sticky gunk. Eventually, the drain will become completely blocked, which means you could have dirty water backing up into your home.

You can try dislodging the clog using a plunger. If that proves to be unsuccessful, then a professional plumber might be required. Using specialized tools like pipe snakes and augers, they can quickly clear away even the most difficult clog.

Animals Like Rats and Snakes Can't Get Into Your Home Through the Toilet

Rats in pipes

Unfortunately, that one isn't true. Rats and frogs that frequently make their homes in aging sewer systems are capable of swimming and crawling through the sewer system and into your pipes to end up in the toilet bowl.

Although they don't usually live in the sewer system, snakes sometimes follow other animals in search of food. But if you live in an area where snakes aren't indigenous, it's unlikely you would ever lift the lid to find a slippery surface.

It's also possible for birds and squirrels to end up in your toilet by accidentally getting into the vent stack on the roof. Adding a simple mesh cap to the stack will prevent this from happening. You can also have a special one-way valve installed on your plumbing system that allows water and waste to be ejected but prevents unwanted critters from getting in.

If you'd like help in dealing with these myths or other plumbing concerns in your Pearland, TX area home, call (281) 815-2322 for the friendly experts at Epic Services.

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