You don’t need to be a plumbing expert, but there are plenty of things you should know about your home’s plumbing. For instance, know where and how to turn off the water, how to plunge a toilet, or how to clear out a simple clog. Conversely, there may be things you think you know, but really don’t have a complete grasp on. Here are just a few of those plumbing misconceptions you may have.
Your Plunger Can Fix Anything
Yes, it’s already clear that you know how to plunge a toilet. But that is just one of the correct times to grab your plunger. Certain clogs in your sink can be cleared with a plunger, too, but not all clogs. If your drain is blocked by oils or liquids, you can try as hard as you might, but the plunger may not do the trick. Calling a professional will help to remove the issue.
Grease Can Go Down the Sink
Remember that clogged drain from the previous example? Well, grease might be the culprit. Instead of pouring grease down the drain (and pouring money out of your wallet), always throw grease out in the garbage. Pouring grease into your sink drain will coat the pipes, and when it dries and hardens, backups will happen.
A Leaking Faucet Is Normal
A tiny drip every once in a while doesn’t seem like much, does it? What about thousands and thousands of drips? Ignoring a leaking faucet just because it does not look like a big deal can end up costing you lots in the long run. Those drips add up and will show on your water bill, so you better call a plumber fast to end up saving money down the road.
A Brick in Your Toilet Tank Saves You Money
Older toilets average about 3.6 gallons per flush, and ultra-low-flow toilets average 1.6 gallons per flush. The brick will occupy space in your tank and will cause your toilet to use less water per flush. However, less water may not be the right choice for your toilet, as that could mean a weaker flush, requiring you to pull that handle multiple times. Then you will end up using more water than the default flush.
Adding this new information to what you already know about plumbing puts you ahead of the average homeowner, but still not on par with a professional plumber. For any job, big or small, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134 to get the job done right. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.