Debunking Common Misconceptions About Your Pipes and Plumbing

May 9, 2024

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Our plumbing systems work tirelessly behind the scenes, keeping water flowing and waste disappearing. But with all that hidden magic, it’s no wonder misconceptions arise. At Mike Norr Plumbing, we want to empower you with knowledge, so let’s debunk some common plumbing myths!

Myth #1: Bigger Pipes Are Always Better

While larger pipes can handle higher water flow rates, they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution. Oversized pipes can lead to noisy water hammering and even encourage water waste. A qualified plumber can assess your specific needs and recommend the perfect pipe diameter.

Myth #2: Flushable Wipes Really Do Flush

Despite the label, most “flushable” wipes don’t break down like toilet paper. They can clog pipes, leading to backups and expensive plumbing repairs. Stick to toilet paper and dispose of wipes properly to keep your plumbing happy.

Myth #3: Chemical Drain Cleaners Are a Magic Bullet

These harsh chemicals can damage your pipes over time and may not fully remove clogs. They can also be dangerous to handle and release harmful fumes. For stubborn drain clogs, a trusty plunger or a call to your local plumber is a safer bet.

Myth #4: Hot Water Melts Grease Down the Drain

While hot water can help move grease initially, it eventually cools and solidifies within the pipes, contributing to future clogs. It’s best to scrape food scraps into the trash and wipe greasy residue with a paper towel before rinsing with cold water.

Myth #5: A Leaky Faucet Isn’t a Big Deal

Even a small drip can waste hundreds of gallons of water a year, impacting your wallet and the environment. Plus, a leaky faucet often indicates a worn-out washer that can worsen over time, leading to a bigger repair down the road.

Empowering You with Plumbing Knowledge

By understanding these common misconceptions, you can make informed decisions about your plumbing system. Remember, preventative maintenance is key! Schedule regular drain cleaning and address minor issues promptly to avoid costly emergencies.

If you have any questions or suspect a plumbing problem, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Mike Norr Plumbing. We’re here to keep your pipes flowing freely! 

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