Life is a constant lesson – even when it comes to plumbing. That’s why one of our plumbers in Kew has decided to talk about seven common myths that people have concerning plumbing and why they’re not true. Welcome to our feature on Myths of the Plumbing World.



1.    Grease and drains

One of the main reasons people pour grease down the drain is because it’s convenient. They don’t want to wait for it to harden and then scrape it off into the rubbish bin – or they don’t know that such an alternative exists. Grease can build up in your drain and eventually clog it as it will stick to the sides of the pipes. Water, no matter the temperature, cannot deconstruct grease. Therefore, your only option is to scrape it off into the bin once it’s hardened. Check out our past blog for other things you shouldn’t put down the drain.


2.    The toilet can flush anything

Your toilet is not invincible, and you shouldn’t be flushing anything down it other than toilet paper. Even baby wipes that claim to be flushable should not be flushed. Paper towelettes and female hygiene products are also a no-go for flushing. All of these products can cause blockage in your pipes so it’s best to avoid this altogether.


3.    Bleach tablets to clean your toilet

It’s all about the dispersion method. Bleach is an effective and widely used substance for cleaning toilets. However, bleach tablets are not. The reason for this is that bleach should not sit in your toilet for longer than 10 minutes. Bleach tablets will continue to disperse bleach until it is empty – which exceeds 10 minutes.

This can corrode your entire toilet and damage the bowl as well. Not to mention the fact that the internal parts of the toilet could also be seriously damaged over the next few months. To save a Kew-based plumber the hassle, stick to liquid bleach instead of tablets.


4.    Placing a brick in your toilet

This may sound quite peculiar, but some people actually place a brick in their toilet to save on water when flushing. Basically, the brick is meant to displace the water so not as much is used when flushing. The introduction of a foreign element – such as a brick – could affect the toilet’s system drastically, however.

The brick can also break apart after being submerged for so long and damage the components such as the flaps, meaning you’ll have to flush twice – defeating the whole purpose of the exercise. If you’re looking to save water on your flushes, then every good plumber in Kew knows that the best way to do that is to look into specially designed water-saving flushers.


5.    A leaking tap is normal

This couldn’t be far from the truth. Any tap that leaks should be looked at immediately and remedied by a professional plumber in Kew. It may seem insignificant, but up to 21 litres per day can be wasted depending on how regular the dripping occurs. Fixing this issue can save you up to 10% on your water bill – so it’s definitely worth investigating.


6.    Exploding water heater

Some claim that if you hear your water heater rumbling it will explode. Don’t worry, this is not true at all. Though, it will most likely mean that there is a build-up of sediment that’s producing rising steam bubbles – causing the rumbling sound. This sediment needs to be cleaned out or it could cause further severe issues down the track.


7.    Plumbing is mostly DIY

Whilst there are some small things here and there that can be managed yourself – such as using a plunger to unblock a sink/toilet or replacing the washer on a tap – there are some things that professional and trained plumbers should always handle. This is to guarantee the best quality solutions are delivered as well as avoiding any further damage from being caused by untrained hands.


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Don’t wait, as soon as you identify an issue in your home, get in touch with one of our plumbers in Kew to organise a solution by filling out the contact form on our website or calling 0400 978 442.