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Regular Plumbing Myths

As a new or experienced homeowner, the true answer to some regular myths surrounding plumbing systems may come as a surprise. Educate yourself to prevent any future surprises by discovering the facts behind some popular plumbing myths:

Myth #1: Plungers Can Remove Any Clog

Plungers, as handy as they may come in, cannot solve any clog that a homeowner may run into. Plungers are effective at displacing and removing minor clogs that are close to the surface of a drain. For other obstructions, such as moderate or major blockages further down a drainpipe, a plumber should be called to effectively locate and remove any clog safely and permanently.

Myth #2: If Water Is Draining Properly, There is No Clog

Just because a pipe is draining effectively, doesn’t mean that there is no clog in a plumbing system. If you notice any of these issues arising, there may be a clog somewhere else in a pipeline:

  • Foul odors from drains.
  • Slow draining water.
  • Backed up water somewhere in the house.

Any of these symptoms could be a sign that there is a blockage, but it is best to contact a professional to efficiently locate, remove, and repair the point of blockage.

Myth #3: Critters Won’t Swim Up Your Pipes

Small animals can swim up pipes, and have done so in countless homes around the world. People have reported rats, frogs, and even baby possums appearing in their sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. These small creatures thrive in damp and moist environments and often seek shelter within sewer networks. Generally, this is the entrance point of these critters into local plumbing systems, and eventually into homes. Rats are able to follow the smell of washed down food through pipes towards kitchen sinks, but sometimes their sense of smell is confused, and they end up in other drains.

Myth #4: A Leaking Faucet Isn’t a Problem

A leaky faucet can quickly become a costly problem for any homeowner. In a short period of time, a steady leak can waste $20 worth of water.

Since water enters homes under pressure, taps and faucets must have watertight seals to maintain the stoppage of water. If you find a leaky faucet, attempt to tighten the washers on the leaky device. If this does not solve the issue, or the leak is recurring, get in touch with a plumbing expert to fix or replace the leaky faucet.

Myth #5: A Water Heater Will Not Explode

Since water heaters operate on and contain immense pressure inside, a malfunction in this steady pressure can cause a water heater to explode, damaging the surrounding areas and endangering anyone within the vicinity.

If you notice a pressure increase on the temperature-pressure (TPR) valve, immediately turn on a hot water tap and let it run. This will release some pressure from within the water heater. Afterwards, attempt to locate the shut-off switch on the heater, and contact a water heater expert to repair and resolve the issue.

Luckily, the Franklin, IN area can rely on the experts at Kellie Plumbing, Inc. to deal with any plumbing related emergencies that may arise. Call (317) 738-2707 to get in touch with us today.