Over the years, plenty of plumbing myths have emerged. That means that sometimes we believe an old wives’ tale over the truth, which can result in problems that you could have avoided.
So to help you distinguish between fact and fiction, we’ve debunked the top 5 most common plumbing myths so you can understand how to look after your pipes better.
1. You can flush anything down the loo
Yes, people still really believe this one. It’s never a good idea to flush baby wipes, feminine hygiene products or paper towels down the toilet. You can end up with bad blockages in your toilet which will take an experienced plumber to fix.
What’s more, if you have a septic tank, flushing non-flushable items could cause serious issues.
2. A small leak is nothing to be worried about
Of course, there’s no need to immediately panic, but a small water leak can cause damage. Not only could your water bill go up by over £18 a year if you’re on a meter, but you could also end up with mould and even pests.
Waterwise says that one leaking tap can waste 5,500 litres of water every year. That’s enough to fill a paddling pool every week for the entire summer.
3. There’s no need to keep an eye on your pipes if they’re not blocked
One of the biggest plumbing myths is that you can simply let your pipes do their job and not worry. If you don’t look after your plumbing, blockages can occur from food waste and oil in the kitchen or hair and soap scum in the bathroom.
It’s a good idea to have covers on your plug holes to catch food and hair. It will help prevent blockages in the future, and if you do end up with a blockage it will be easier to deal with.
4. You can do your own plumbing repairs cheaply
This is not true. Doing your own plumbing repairs almost always ends badly. Plumbers are professionals who have had years of training, and reading a book or watching a video tutorial is no replacement.
It’s very likely that if you do your own repairs, something is going to go wrong and you’re going to end up needing to call a plumber to fix your botched job.
5. It doesn’t matter what plumber you hire in an emergency
The last of the plumbing myths, but a very important one to debunk, is this one. Of course, you won’t have much time to look for an emergency plumber, but you should still think carefully.
Have you used a plumber before that you know does emergency call outs? Keep their details handy, as you want to hire someone you trust to do an emergency job for you. Other good ways to find a reputable plumber include asking friends and neighbours or using a contractor that you found using Quotatis.