Myths or misconceptions are never a good thing, and particularly when they surround products or systems that you utilize on a regular basis. For example, there are several plumbing myths out there — and if you’re mistakenly misinformed by one or more of them, the negative impact might be felt by the improper care your home’s plumbing system receives.

At City Creek Plumbing, we’re here to not only offer a wide range of plumbing services to clients throughout Utah, from kitchen plumbing to bathroom plumbing, water filtration and much more, but also to provide clients with proper information on any and all of their plumbing needs or systems. In this two-part blog series, we’ll lay out some of the most common myths we hear about our industry, plus the correct info in each of them.

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“Leaky Faucets Aren’t a Big Concern”

For some reason, a certain realm of plumbing myth exists that states that certain “minor” plumbing issues, such as a dripping faucet, aren’t really that big of a concern and therefore don’t necessarily require plumbing services to be rendered. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth!

A leaky faucet might not seem like much — but in actuality, it could be costing you quite a bit of money in terms of wasted water. In addition, that dripping noise could be a sign of a bigger problem, such as corrosion, within your plumbing system.

At City Creek Plumbing, we always recommend that any and all leaks, no matter how small they may seem, are fixed as soon as possible to avoid any further cost or time wasted.

“Flushable Wipes are Fine in the Toilet”

One of the single most misleading product types in recent years has been the so-called “flushable wipe.” These personal hygiene products are advertised as being able to be flushed down the toilet without any problems, but unfortunately that’s just not true.

While flushable wipes might go down your toilet bowl without clogging it up immediately, they will eventually cause problems — both for your home’s plumbing system and for the municipal sewer system. That’s because, unlike toilet paper, flushable wipes don’t break down in water.

So what’s the solution? Stick to regular toilet paper — and if you absolutely must use flushable wipes, make sure to dispose of them in the garbage can and not in your toilet bowl.

“Wide Fluctuations in Water Pressure Are Normal”

We’re not sure where this one came from, but for some reason there’s a belief out there that wild fluctuations in water pressure are totally normal. In reality, however, this shouldn’t be the case.

If you’re noticing that your home’s water pressure is all over the place — sometimes it’s high and other times it drops down to a trickle — that’s not normal and definitely warrants a call to your local plumber. It could be a sign of corrosion in your pipes or another issue that, if not fixed in a timely manner, could turn into something much bigger and more expensive.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some additional themes here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our plumbing services throughout Utah, speak to the team at City Creek Plumbing today.