Over the years, as professional plumbers, we’ve heard some off-the-wall stories, questions and outright myths regarding home plumbing. That’s understandable, and some can even lighten the mood when you’re stressed with a plumbing repair or emergency.

However, don’t allow plumbing myths to prevent proper care for your home’s essential plumbing system. Following are 10 common home plumbing myths debunked!

MYTH 1: My Water Heater Is Going To Explode!

FACT: You notice strange banging and popping noises echoing through your home you’ve never heard before. After a little investigating, you realize it must be coming from your water heater.

Yes, water heaters can make unusual noises, but they are typically the result of a lack of maintenance. Mineral deposits and sediment build up inside the water heater. As water at the bottom of the storage tank is heated and bubbles, the deposits are misplaced, which causes the loud popping and banging noises.

The solution is to drain and clean your tank twice a year to remove sediment and mineral deposits. You’ll alleviate those bothersome noises, extend the service life of your water heater and lower your hot water bill!

MYTH 2: A Leaky Faucet Is No Big Deal, Right?

FACT: Drip, drip, wrong! Leaky faucets only get worse, which results in a larger plumbing repair bill or a fixture replacement.

Further, leaky faucets waste precious water! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household water leaks equal the entire water usage of 11 million homes each year.

MYTH 3: Flushable Wipes Are Fantastic!

FACT: Despite the fact that some disposable wipes are advertised as “flushable,” they aren’t suitable to be disposed of down your toilet. Flushable wipes don’t biodegrade the same as toilet paper, and can they can pile up and clog your drain line. So, when you need to call your plumbing professional to repair your drain line or septic system, flushable wipes won’t seem so fantastic after all.

MYTH 4: As Long As Pipes Aren’t Clogged Up, They’re Just Fine!

FACT: Just like other major systems in your home, your plumbing system needs regular preventive maintenance to stay in good working order and avoid plumbing emergencies. When you consider all of the debris that washes down your drains, such as sticky soap, hair, food and more, your home’s pipes should be inspected and regularly cleaned.

Further, scheduling annual preventive maintenance with your plumber can help you detect hidden leaks, keep your water heater in good shape and help your plumbing system work wonderfully for years. In other words, if it ain’t broke, keep it up with professional preventive maintenance!

MYTH 5: Placing A brick In The Toilet Tank Is A Great Way To Save Water.

FACT: A brick or other object will displace and save water, but it’s not a great way to save water or even the best way. Bricks deteriorate over time and can damage your toilet or toilet parts. The best way to save water with your toilet and other appliances and fixtures is to upgrade to WaterSense labeled products.

If you want the plumbing facts and great service, contact the plumbing professionals at MN Plumbing & Appliance for your next repair or preventive maintenance appointment.