shower-1427304There are a lot of myths out there regarding plumbing and knowing what’s true and what’s misleading can save you a great deal of money and frustration.

What are five of the most commonly held beliefs about plumbing that aren’t true?

1. There’s No Need to Be Concerned about a Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets might seem minor – after all, they aren’t flooding your home or stopping you from using your sinks or toilets – but the truth is leaky faucets are a big deal. They run up your water bill, sometimes by hundreds of dollars, and they can cause mold and rust over time. The good news is leaky faucets are usually easy to fix. The sooner you do so the better!

2. A Working Drain Means Everything is A-OK

You don’t want to invest problems where there aren’t any, but the truth is that even a functioning drain could still have an issue. Over time, things can build up in a drain and suddenly you have a huge clog. You’re better off knowing how to avoid clogs and knowing the early warning signs of a problem, like a slow running drain or a garbage disposal that’s not working quite right.

3. Small Water Stains are No Big Deal

Unfortunately, even a small water stain can be an indication of a big problem. There might be a leaky pipe or a roofing issue that’s just beginning to show evidence inside of your home. Keep in mind the actual leak can be a long distance from where you notice the stain, so what looks like a little problem might actually be a huge issue in a lesser used area of your home.

4. Low Water Pressure is Just an Issue for Your Hair’s Volume

It’s no secret low water pressure makes it difficult to get a good shower and shampoo, but it can also indicate a problem with your plumbing. In most cases, water pressure is caused by leaky pipes. Making matters worse, ignoring the problem could void a portion of your home warranty. If you have concerns about a change in water pressure, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection.

5. Hard Water is Annoying, But Isn’t Really a Plumbing Problem

Think again! Hard water can cause scale to build up in the pipes and damage your appliances. At the very least, it means you’ll be dealing with deposits on clothing, dishes, and fixtures. You can install a water softener for a reasonable price and extend the life of anything you own that comes into contact with water in your home. Not to mention, your¬†daily shower will be a whole lot more effective!

Have concerns about any of these myths or any other issues with your plumbing? Give us a call!