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Popular Plumbing Myths Debunked

Many myths circulate about plumbing issues. Here are just a few of the more widespread ones:

Myth Number One: “Calling a Plumber Always Costs Me Money!”

Calling a plumber to repair a problem with a plumbing system actually saves lots of money in many situations- especially if the problem will worsen unless corrected. One example relates to concerns about broken pipes in the spring.

Sometimes, homeowners in areas with cold winters and springs hesitate to contact plumbers when they notice dampness in walls or limited water flow, due to concerns that fixing a broken pipe will cost a lot of money and the hope that a partial blockage in the pipe will resolve.

In fact, allowing these types of problems to remain can sometimes result in significant property damage that might otherwise be limited by the correction of a single problem. A broken pipe can produce a lot of unseen water damage if the issue is not corrected promptly.

Myth Number Two: “Running Water While Using a Garbage Disposal Unit Avoids Clogs.”

In some cases, this process proves helpful. But homeowners need to pay attention to the types of materials which might have been sent down the kitchen garbage disposal unit, also.

Running water will not resolve a clog produced when inappropriate material, such as nutshells, banana skins or plastic bottle caps fall into the disposal unit. To resolve a clogged unit, the best solution remains contacting your family plumber.

Myth Number Three: “Using Commercial Drain Cleaners to Resolve Drain Clogs is a Good First Step.”

Today many commercial drain cleaners use powerful, highly caustic chemical formulations that contain chemicals such as sulfuric acid.

These products remain difficult to store, and using them on household drains in some situations may contribute to pipe damage. Additionally, a clogged drain may simply be a symptom of other plumbing problems.

It remains a better first step when a homeowner encounters a drain that is not operating efficiently to contact a plumbing professional.

The problem with the drain can be identified and corrected in this way, and if the slow or impaired drainage relates to other underlying issues, those problems can be addressed during the service call.

Don’t let the myths get to you in your Little Rock home. Call Arrow Plumbing at (501) 753-3838 today, and overcome these plumbing myths!

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