There are thousands of plumbing myths out there, but 4 in particular could cause you some major problems if you fall victim to their misleading theories. Continue below to learn the top 4 plumbing myths so that you never end up with costly bills, invasive renovations, and mounds of frustration about what could have been had you known better.
DO NOT Fall for These Plumbing Myths:
❶ Popping Noises Indicate a Water Heater Will Explode.
Although it is possible for a water heater to explode, as many have before, it is not likely that yours is on the verge of explosion when you hear popping or crackling sounds coming from the tank. The cause behind these alarming sounds is quite simple, and even treatable. There could be other reasons for these noises, but the most common is sediment build up at the bottom of the tank. This buildup prevents heat from rising properly when the hot water is turned on.
This reaction will definitely cause some strange sounds, but more importantly, it can reduce your water heaters performance, which can subsequently increase your water and energy bills. Think about the age of your water heater. If it is around 10 years old, it is time to have it replaced. If it is fairly new, have it inspected and serviced by a licensed technician. And be sure to keep up on proper water heater maintenance to avoid costly breakdowns and poor performance!
❷ Ice Cubes Will Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades.
Using ice to sharpen garbage disposal blades would be like using ice to sharpen your butcher knife. It simply will not work. It is likely that people are confusing garbage disposal cleaning with blade sharpening. You see, many professionals recommend periodically using ice cubes to clean and deodorize a garbage disposal unit; however, ice cubes will do nothing to sharpen garbage disposal blades. With proper garbage disposal maintenance, you can avoid issues like bacteria, odors, reduced performance, and repairs.
❸ A Leaky Faucet is Not a Pressing Issue.
Many people have somehow convinced themselves that a leaking or dripping faucet is not a big deal. Unfortunately, these same people have or will eventually learn that this is far from the truth. When a faucet leaks or drips, it is an indication that something is not right, whether it is a defect with the fixture, improper installation, or something wrong with the plumbing. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted each year by homeowners, which adds up in terms of water bills. Additionally, a leaky faucet can lead to rust, mildew, and more, which also require time and money to fix.
❹ Close a Faucet as Tight as Possible.
It is a common belief that the tighter you close a faucet, the better. The truth is, there is no “better” part of that scenario. You never want to close a faucet as tight as you can because it can cause damage to the inner threads that keep the handles functioning in place, which in turn can cause a water leak. Furthermore, you can cause yourself or others frustration when it comes time to open the faucet back up. Simply close your faucets to the point that the water stops, and no more.