Is it easy to perform plumbing duties in your home? Sometimes, fixes are so simple that you may wonder why you would ever consider ringing a plumber in the first place. Moreover, the internet is full of how-to articles, so doing it yourself seems like the right thing to do.
Unfortunately, most plumbing problems aren’t so easy as these types of guides make them out to be. Perhaps you lack the equipment, expertise, time, or resources to get the job done properly and thus risk creating further damage in your home.
Myths about residential plumbing abound, and here are some of the more common ones overhead by plumbers:
Clogs Are Easy to Remove With Chemical Products
This is partially true. The reason the myth is busted, however, is because strong chemical products used for unclogging drains and pipes are often so powerful that they’ll eat away and corrode the interior of the pipes, which can ultimately create even more serious problems than a simple clog.
The best way to remove clogs deep in the plumbing is to contact a plumber and to have them inspect the pipes and remove the clogs manually. They can also help identify areas for improvement and repairs before the damage becomes too costly to repair.
Older Faucets Leak Eventually
False. It is true, however, that over time, wear and tear may cause faucets to become leaky. Furthermore, no amount of tightening can truly eliminate some leaky faucets. This is a sign that repairs need to be made, and it’s better if they’re effected sooner rather than later.
Leaky faucets are annoying whilst trying to sleep, but more importantly, the constant dripping will have a costly impact on your water bill. Contact a professional to have a look at your leaky faucets and to ensure that your money isn’t all going down the drain, so to speak.
Everything is Fine As Long As Water’s Draining Properly
At first sight, this isn’t a myth at all and it’s actually correct. Why would one consider hiring a plumber if everything’s draining just fine, anyway? Well, although proper water drainage is a sign of healthy plumbing, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any risk deeper in the plumbing.
Often, showers drain out water slower and slower over time if there’s a clog building up. It may not be noticeable at first, but if allowed to persist, the clog can result in deeper and deeper puddles of water whilst showering. Routine maintenance can identify and remove clogs before they’re allowed to grow.
Clogged Toilets Just Need Repetitive Plunging
This is partially true. Sometimes, clogged toilets can be easily unclogged with a good, thorough plunging. This only works when the clog is near the toilet bowl, however. Plungers with flanges can generate better suction and reach further down, but oftentimes toilet clogs come from deeper in the plumbing and no amount of plunging will generate enough suction to yank it out.
Plumbers use specialised equipment such as toilet snakes (they don’t rattle, so don’t worry) to remove clogs deep down. This equipment may not be practical to keep at home and may cause more damage if used improperly, so let a qualified plumber take care of tough clogs for you.
All Plumbers Can Get the Job Done Well
Busted. Unfortunately, the plumbing industry (and many others, too) have plenty of poor-quality, unqualified ‘plumbers’ that haven’t got the trade certifications or experience and only end up scamming you out of your hard-earned money.
When looking for a reputable plumber, it pays to shop around. Endeavour Plumbing has the tools, qualifications, and industry experience necessary to get the job done well the first time. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your residential or commercial plumbing needs.