If you’re not a plumber or a civil engineer, chances are you don’t really give plumbing much of a thought until it breaks down. Most people are like this, and that’s probably why there are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding plumbing maintenance and care. This week, we debunk five classic plumbing myths.


1. If it disappears down the drain, it’s gone   

This is probably the most damaging misconception people have about their plumbing- that if waste is going down the drain, there is no clogging issue. However, many things commonly put down the kitchen sink such as fats, oils, dairy, coffee grounds, tea leaves and food scraps can all build up over time and cause a clog. Even if there is a clogging issue in your sink, you may not have noticed symptoms such as slow drainage or pieces of waste coming back up. Use a regular anti clogging agent to remove build-up and avoid pouring anything other than water and soap down the sink wherever possible.


2. Turning off the tap tightly helps prevent water loss

Whilst it might seem logical that firmly turning the tap as far as you physically can is the best way to avoid dripping, it can actually weaken or damage the tap, increasing the likelihood of a leak developing.

3. A dripping faucet is no cause for concern

Beyond just irritating you at night when you’re trying to go to sleep, a dripping faucet can leak a lot of water, driving up your utility bills and further compromising our already meagre fresh water supply. A drip can also wear out your faucet and stain or pit your plumbing features, which are a lot more expensive to fix than replacing the old washer which is causing your tap to leak in the first place.

4. Toilets flush in a different directions depending on the hemisphere

Whilst the Coriolis effect (where water swirls in a different direction in each hemisphere) is a real natural phenomenon, it doesn’t apply to bodies of water as small as those contained in your toilet bowl. The direction of the flush is solely determined by the design of the toilet itself.

5. A cheap plumber is a good plumber

In the world of plumbing, you definitely get what you pay for. Whilst opting for the cheaper service in the heat of the moment might seem like a reasonable cost cutting measure, what you’re likely to get is a quick fix undertaken by someone who doesn’t necessarily have the experience, expertise, or qualifications of others in the industry. If you need serious plumbing work done, it’s always best to chose someone with a proven track record of successful projects, readily available qualifications, and plenty of industry experience.


JPG are well established plumbers in Melbourne and we’re capable of managing everything from clogged drains through to bathroom installation projects. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0400 978 442.