Plumbers are someone we all need from time to time, usually in an emergency. It’s important to understand some popular myths about this important trade and why they aren’t true.
In this blog, we debunk 4 popular plumbing myths and explain why they aren’t true and what you can do if it’s happening to you.
Debunking 4 Plumbing Myths
1. If your sink is draining, everything is just fine
This isn’t always true. Your pipes might still be blocked despite things going down the drain. Depending on what’s being washed away, eg: oils and grease, you could be making it worse. This will eventually clog, and you will need an emergency plumber.
The best way to stay on top of a blocked drain is to have your plumbing inspected on an annual basis. This can seem like a lot but this preventative measure will stop minor issues turning into serious and expensive problems.
2. Only harsh chemicals can clear blocked drains
When you have a blocked drain, it’s easy to go to your nearest Bunnings and pick up some chemical drain cleaners. However, by doing this you could be causing more harm. Dangerous and erosive chemicals won’t just irritate the blockage, it could also cause damage to the pipes.
It’s best to call a professional plumber who is specialised to clear a blockage. This will ensure you don’t create more plumbing problems.
Side note: If you have already put chemicals in your drain, you should never plunge – this could cause some toxic splatter, which can burn your skin.
3. A loud water heater means it's time for a new one
Loud sounds coming from your water heater, eg: rumbling, popping, hissing, or ticking, rarely mean it’s going to explode. These sounds are usually made by the build-up of sediment in your tank. Sediment settles inside the tank causing a range of problems.
When the hot water in the tank heats and expands, it pushes through the sediment to the top of the tank, which causes the sediment to shift against the sides and bottom of the water tank, resulting in loud sounds.
A hot water professional can make sure everything is in working order during regular maintenance.
4. Any Plumber can fix the job
Your options when searching for a plumber in Melbourne are plentiful, all making similar promises, whether online, in the local paper or on a fridge magnet. We understand that it can be stressful deciding who to call, so it’s important to do your due diligence before securing a plumber.
Many plumbers can “fix” a job, but may not be licensed or covered by insurance, this means that if something goes wrong again – there is no cover, and you could end up with a costly bill.
We share 6 tips to choose the right plumber so you will always be covered if something goes wrong