The plumbing system in your home is essential for keeping everything flowing smoothly. Unfortunately, there are a few plumbing myths that the industry simply can’t seem to shake. We’re here today to clear those up.

Myth: Don’t worry about a leaky faucet.

Everyone knows the sound of a leaky faucet can be annoying, but many people don’t realize that it can also lead to a huge amount of waste and additional costs on your water bill. A single drip doesn’t seem like much, but these drips add up over time. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than one trillion gallons of water can be wasted nationwide every year.

Myth: The water heater might explode!

If you’ve never experienced a loud rumbling, banging sound from the water heater, consider yourself lucky. It can be sudden and a little scary, prompting some people to believe that the appliance is about to blow up. Luckily, there’s a simple explanation. Sediment that’s collected in the bottom of the tank is preventing heat from rising and causing air bubbles that pop. To fix this problem, all you need to do is drain and flush the unit.

Myth: Flushable wipes are safe for your pipes.

A lot of items can be flushed down the toilet, but that doesn’t mean you should try it. Believe it or not, professional plumbers are often called to clear up a clogged pipe because of flushable wipes. These wipes don’t biodegrade like toilet paper does, so you’re taking a risk.

Myth: Toilet bowl tablets containing bleach are safe.

Bleach is fine for cleaning your toilet, but you should never let it linger. If a toilet bowl tablet containing bleach is left in the bowl, it can destroy the working parts of your toilet within six months.

For more expert advice about plumbing myths or any other home comfort concerns, contact the professionals at Pioneer Comfort Systems. We’ve been serving Shreveport, Bossier City, Natchitoches and surrounding areas for more than 50 years.

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