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Biggest Plumbing Myths
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The only difference between a myth and a fact is the ability to gather scientific evidence to support a fact. Even in your home, it is important to understand how to maintain your plumbing system. Sure, you can put anything down the garbage disposal (just kidding, of course not) or believing that Thomas Crapper really invented the toilet (no he did not, he only made improvements). The Pipe Worx Plumbing takes pride in treating each plumbing project with the same professionalism and attention to detail making it the best plumbing contractor Melbourne.

Highly rated plumbing professional share their expertise on what is fact and what fiction is when it comes to toilets, drains and all pipes.

Water Heater is going to Explode

Did you experience hearing a loud rumbling and banging noise coming from your water heater and you are thinking that it is going to explode? The truth is the noise is a result of sediment that has collected in the tank. The sediment is made of loose minerals, mainly calcium from hard water. It sinks to the bottom of the tank, where the heating element is located. When the burner is turned onto heat the water, the sediment prevents the heat from rising properly and it is the expansion of the resulting air bubbles that causes the popping sound. If this happens, consider buying a new water heater if it is more than 15 years old.

A Leaky Faucet is No Big Deal

We are all guilty of this. We see faucets dipping and we just ignore it? Truth is it costs money and it is not helping the environment. According to Environmental Agency, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That equals the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. What’s more, a leaky faucet may lead to a higher bill. In addition, once the dripping starts, it can wear out the faucet and pit or stain plumbing fixtures, leading to more money spent on repairs or replacing them.

Here are a Few More Tales

Myth: Ice cubes sharpen garbage disposal blades.

Truth: No, they don’t, but they will clean the blades, and it’s recommended to do so if your sink starts to smell.

Myth: Put a brick in the back of your toilet tank to save water.

Truth: Bricks will deteriorate over time and cause other things (like the flapper) to break. The intent can also backfire because they displace too much water, having to flush twice.

Myth: Drop lemon peels down the disposal to make it smell good.

Truth: Yes, it will smell nice, but the peels can clog the drain. You can pour some white vinegar in to freshen up your disposal.

Myth: Flushable wipes are OK.

Truth: They do not biodegrade like toilet paper and can cause many problems.

Myth: Toilet bowl tablets that contain bleach will keep the toilet clean.

Truth: If the tablet contains bleach and is designed to sit in the tank, it will destroy the working parts of a toilet within six months. Bleach in the bowl is fine, but don’t let it linger in the tank for more than 10 minutes. Flush it through to prevent damage.

While you may not be a plumbing contractor Melbourne you hoped to be, at least you now know a few facts. When you do need an expert for plumbing needs, Pipe Worx Plumbing is fully licensed and qualified to assist with all your commercial, residential and industrial plumbing needs within Melbourne. For them, no job is too big or small. Whether it is a new home construction site, multi-unit development or a contracting company, it offers reliable plumbing solutions.

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