There's the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and exploding water heaters. Some myths are fictional flights of fantasy, and others are facts.
In the world of plumbing, there are many examples of legends and stories that have achieved mythical status. So, today, we thought we'd debunk some and justify others.
A lot of people put up with a dripping faucet in their home, believing it to be no big deal. In fact, it is a big deal.
The slow drip from your faucet can add up to hundreds of gallons of wasted water over the course of a year. All that water running down the drain is bad for the environment and costs you more on you more on your utility bills.
If it’s a drip coming from the spout, chances are you have a defective washer. If the dripping is coming from the handle, the valve may be the source of the trouble. The problem with that kind drip is that the water can pool on the counter or under the sink and eventually cause hazardous mold and mildew.
Some clogs won’t budge no matter how much you pump on the plunger. While they can be effective to clear away a blockage near the drain, plungers are no match tougher clogs.
Serious clogs located further away from the drain require special tools that qualified plumbers would have at their disposal and would know how to use.
Augers or pipe snakes can be used to clear away blockages and for those that are beyond the reach of an auger, a process called hydrojetting can be employed. Using pressurized water, this procedure is powerful enough to even clear away roots from nearby trees that can grow inside the sewer line.
As frightening a prospect as that may seem, it’s actually true. Don’t be too alarmed, though. As a built-in safety feature, water heaters have a temperature pressure release valve that is designed to open and allow steam and water to escape if the internal pressure gets too high.
The danger only exists if the valve malfunctions or gets stuck. That’s why it’s very important to check the valve regularly and to have the water heater professionally maintained every year.