Plumbing Myths: Liquid Drain Cleaners Are the Best Way to Unclog a Sink

Top 5 Plumbing Myths – Debunked

Ever heard the one about …. Yeah, we know, there are so many plumbing myths swirling around! It’s officially time to set the record straight on the top five. Cascade Mechanical is here to help you avoid severe mechanical damage and save money on any potentially costly repairs. 

Myth 1: Flushable Wipes Are Perfectly Safe

You may think you can trust something labeled as flushable; Pro Tip: DON’T! Flushable makeup and baby wipes are massive culprits for clogged pipes. Even if they do go down and are out of sight- out of mind, you may be soon facing expensive plumbing repairs.

Tempted to toss them in the toilet? Instead, take aim at your garbage bin.

Myth 2: Liquid Drain Cleaners Are the Best Way to Unclog a Sink

The truth – liquid drain cleaners are harmful for your pipes. They are packed with chemicals, that eat away at whatever is causing the sink clog, but they also eat away at the pipes which will cause expensive plumbing damage later.
Instead, try this method: pour boiling hot water down the drain. If that doesn’t work, you may need to dig for any pesky hairs with a drain snake. If all that doesn’t help, it’s time to book a service call.

Myth 3: Putting a Brick in Your Toilet Tank Will Save You Money

This is an old one, it’s been said that putting a brick in your toilet tank will help it use less water when you flush it. Unfortunately – no! Placing anything in your toilet tank will negatively impact its overall performance.
If you think you need a better-performing toilet, we can help!

Myth 4: As long as it Drains, Everything Is A-Okay!

If your sink or tub is taking forever to drain, but everything eventually goes down… you still need to address this issue. You may not be able to see it but there’s a good chance there’s a clog somewhere in the pipes. Don’t wait, because it’s far too late when suddenly – it doesn’t drain at all!

Myth 5: A Noisy Water Heater Is Ready to Burst

Have you been hearing rumbling or gurgling in your water heater? No need to panic! While it is an indication that something is up, you’re not in danger of witnessing an explosion. 

A noisy water heater likely just needs to be cleaned. You’ll start to hear some rumbles when there’s a build-up of sediment in the tank, which will impact the machine’s ability to make hot water. Give us a call now and we will help you sort it out before you need to call for a much more costly repair.

Call Cascade Today!

Cascade Mechanical’s expert plumbing technicians are ready when you need us, we will help explain the problem, and then quickly find a solution. Contact us today!