Are These Plumbing Myths Costing you Money?

In spite of all the information available on the internet, many people are still falling for pluming myths which are costing them money every month or possibly even doing damage to their systems. Much like doctors and medical myths, Markham plumbers have long struggled to push the truth ahead of the myths which perpetuate throughout the industry. Thankfully in the plumbing world, unlike the medical field, the results are rarely a matter of life or death.

Myth #1: As long as it goes down the drain, everything is fine

This is one of the most common myths we hear on a daily basis, especially upon getting called to repair a customer’s clogged drain. Waste such as pasta and rice will easily flow down the drain, but it often settles in trap where it begins to absorb water and expand. This creates a blockage which slows and eventually stops the drain flow.

Myth #2: All plumbers are equally trained, capable and professional

Just because a plumber is licensed and insured, doesn’t mean they’re the best there is. Continuing education courses are constantly available to Markham plumbers and plumbers in every other region. These courses are what allow the best plumbers to stay ahead of the competition as they keep up to date on the latest materials, techniques and appliances on the market. Sub-par plumbers will not take these courses and therefore may not be able to perform necessary repairs on newer plumbing systems.

Myth #3: Plumbing fixtures require little or no maintenance

You use soap and water to wash your body, so it won’t hurt if you leave the residue on your shower or other plumbing fixtures right? Not so much. Leaving water and soap residue on these fixtures can lead to significant damage over time. The soap builds up in the moving parts of the fixture, eventually jamming them completely and requiring replacement. At the same time, water causes corrosion, which also leaves to the eventual early failure of your plumbing systems. On the other hand, if you have a spare bathroom which does not get regular usage, you can have problems there too. These fixtures should be run once every month or so to keep rubber bushings and other parts from drying out and eventually failing.

We’ll do another post soon covering more of the most common myths and the problems they cause. If we can help you avoid wasting money on some of these easily avoided problems, we’ll all be a little happier down the road.