Most people never concern themselves with small plumbing issues until its too late and the damage is done.
Its common for people to just ignore the problems at hand because they don’t understand the potential issues that can arise in the future if the problem is left untreated.
Other times people intake information about plumbing that is just flat out false, resulting in unexpected disasters.
Here are 4 common plumbing myths that everyone should be aware of:
Gas Water Heaters Are Completely Safe
There are 3 reasons why gas water heaters can be unsafe:
1. Any gas appliance in your home can be dangerous if not properly ventilated. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur if gas is leaking into your home. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colourless and has been responsible for hundreds of deaths in Canada. Make sure to always have functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home to prevent a life threatening situation from occurring.
2. Water heaters can start a fire if you aren’t careful. Gas water heaters collect vapors around the exterior, and ignite when the water heater kicks on. If there are highly-flammable materials (such as gasoline, paint, or paper) up against the water heater then you could have a fire on your hands. Be sure to keep the area around your water heater clear from any combustible materials.
3. Water heaters can explode. In old gas water heaters some of the bottoms aren’t sealed. This can allow gas vapors to reach the heater’s flame. Another way that water heaters can cause an explosion is a broken pressure relief valve. If the pressure relief valve is not functioning properly, the water tank will eventually build up so much pressure that it will explode. Never, ever put a cap over a pressure relief valve on your water heater.
If you wish to avoid the dangers of gas water heaters, go with an electric water heater or solar water heater instead.
A Leaky Faucet Is Okay
Most people have dealt with a leaky faucet at some point. It can seem like a bit of an inconvenience having to clean up extra water getting around the sink, but it may not bother you enough to fix the leak.
An issue with leaving a leaky faucet for too long is that the extra water is putting a dent in your hydro bills. The extra water dripping out eventually adds up, and the longer you leave it the worse.
More importantly, leaky faucets can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious problem in the pipes as well, and if left alone may end up causing water damage to your home.
So remember, fix that leaky faucet!
Pipes Being Partially Clogged Is Fine As Long As Water Gets Down
This one is an issue because it is not really a problem until all of sudden the pipe is completely clogged and you can’t properly flush the toilet or drain the sink. This can be a huge inconvenience and it may happen at a time when you really need to use the sink or toilet.
Creatures Can’t Get Into My House Through Pipes
Some people have the fear of opening the lid to their toilet to find a big rat sitting in the toilet bowl. As scary as this sounds, it does happen sometimes. Small creatures like rats, mice, snakes, and frogs have been known to get into people’s toilets by maneuvering through the house’s plumbing system. These creatures are flexible and can swim which creates the possibility of them getting into your pipes.
You can put your mind at rest however as this problem is uncommon and not very likely to happen to you in Ontario. If the possibility of an animal climbing up into your toilet is frightening, you can always install a flap over the waste tube of your toilet, allowing things to go out of your pipes, but nothing to get in.
If you have any other questions about plumbing issues, contact us by phone or email.