Common Plumbing Misconceptions

Maybe you’re going off of know-how passed down through the generations. Maybe you saw a social media post and never thought twice about it. Whatever the reason, there are more than a few misconceptions about your home’s plumbing. Not knowing the truth could cost you time, money and aggravation. Read through some of the most common misconceptions.

Pipes Have to Be Replaced

This is a common upsell technique from less-than-reputable plumbers. While certain situations might require a full or partial replacement, there are plenty of other times when the pipe can simply be fixed. In fact, pipes are able to be repaired more often than not.

Unfortunately, the belief that pipes have to be replaced deters many homeowners from addressing the problem. They won’t call a professional because they think the work  will be too expensive. They’ll often stick some teflon or duct tape over a crack and hope for the best. Not only is this not fixing the problem, it’s potentially making it worse. If your pipes need repair, call a plumber right away.  

Leaky Faucets Are No Big Deal

Drip, drip, drip. Sure, it’s annoying, but most people don’t think it’s anything to really worry about. What could a leaky faucet possibly lead to? This misconception can lead many down a road of a lot of wasted money. Not only does the constant flow of water create unsightly films in your sink basin,  it demonstrates to others that your home is in need of repair.

However, the real issue is the amount of water you’re wasting. A leaky faucet can waste up to ten thousand gallons of water a year! Get it tightened up and you’ll be surprised how much your utility bills drops. Can’t do it yourself? It’s an easy fix for a pro.

Plumbing Fixtures Don’t Require Maintenance

Most of us don’t give our plumbing fixtures a lot of thought. They’re in the bathroom and they do their job. However, these fixtures shouldn’t be treated as set-it-and-forget-it accoutrements. As with the other misconceptions in this list, taking the time to perform routine maintenance could save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.

While some tasks are simple, others require a professional. However, paying for regular services calls is still much cheaper than replacing or repairing entire sections of plumbing. Downspouts and  pipes are hard to reach and need to be taken care of by a professional.

Call on “Super Terry” for All Your Plumbing Needs

Whether it’s routine maintenance or repairing your home’s pipes, Terry’s Plumbing has the experience and expertise to handle any job. Contact us today to get your home running like normal.