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10 Of The Biggest Plumbing Myths – Debunked!


We often take our pipes, hot water systems, garbage disposals and other plumbing equipment for granted until there is a problem. Our advice is to always call a plumber to avoid plumbing emergencies and costly repairs in the future.


1. Hot Water Melts the Grease / Fat to Prevent Blockages

There is no denying that hot water melts the grease / fat and washes it down the drain. But once the liquefied grease / fat hits the pipes, it cools, solidifies and eventually builds up. The grease / fat is a magnet for food bits, lint and hair, eventually blocking the pipe. You would then need to call in a plumber to unclog your drain – an avoidable cost! The best way to dispose of grease / fat is to wait for the grease / fat to solidify in the pan then use a paper towel to wipe it away then throw it away in the bin.

2. Flushable Wipes Are Ok To Be Flushed Down The Toilet

Unfortunately, this is not the case – no matter what the packaging says! They don’t break down the same as toilet paper so will eventually block your toilet. Australian water authorities do not permit flushable wipes entering the sewerage system.

3. Drain Cleaners Are Safe To Use

No. Chemical drain cleaners might well remove the obstruction in your pipes, but they can be bad news for your pipes, as over time they will also start to erode the pipe itself. All waste water eventually goes to a waste water plant for treatment. Avoid putting chemical down the drain, as they will end up in the environment.

4. A Water Heater Will Explode If You Hear It Rambling

We are happy to advise that this is most probably not going to happen. A rumbling or gurgling sound is usually caused by an excessive build up in sediment inside the system. The sound comes from the steam rising through the sediment. If this problem is not fixed however, it could lead to premature failure of your hot water system.

5. Your Drain Is In Good Condition If It’s Draining Water

A fair assumption! No one wants a blocked drain on their hands. Blockages can take a while to develop so your seemingly fine drain may actually be developing a blockage – especially if you are in the habit of pouring fats/oils down the sink! If you notice water draining slower than it used to, you may be dealing with a blocked drain, in which case you should call Beachside Plumbing!

6. A Running Toilet Is Ok

It is just as bad, if not worse, than a leaking tap. A running toilet can waste up to 3L of water in just 30 seconds, so imagine the havoc it can wreak in months or even years! Fix that leaking toilet and reduce the issue of an excess water bill!

7. A Garbage Disposal Can Handle Anything

Garbage disposals have their limits – especially against metal spoons! Certain items should never be put in the garbage disposal regardless of how much water you use. Thick or hard food items like pips and seeds, rice, pasta, eggshells, and animal bones, as well as grease and oil, should be disposed of elsewhere. Grease and oil are especially troublesome as they can harden and solidify, clogging your pipes. Keep your garbage disposal for organic food-based waste.

8. Put A Brick In The Back Of Your Toilet

Word on the street is that by doing this, it will save you money … This however is not the case! Submerged bricks tend to fall apart over time, messing up your toilet and plumbing. Plus, you may end up flushing more often. Save the bricks for construction and landscaping jobs. Old style toilets can flush up to 12 litres of water per flush. Modern toilets often only use between 4.5-6 litres per flush. This can halve your water required to flush the toilet and save you hundreds of dollars every year.

9. Dishwashers are a waste of water

You might be surprised to learn that the opposite is true. Dishwashers are designed to use as little water as possible, whereas when you wash the dishes by hand, you can use three or four times as much water as a dishwasher.

10. All Plumbers Have The Same Qualifications

It’s fair to say that all plumbers have the same qualifications. All plumbers should be able to provide you with a Registration or Licence card identifying what works that they are permitted to do. Servicing and repair of gas appliances requires a special “Type A Servicing “ qualification. You can always look up your local regulators website to confirm your tradesperson is qualified to do the job! At Beachside Plumbing we have a great team of qualified trades ready to help you with any task!


About Beachside Plumbing

For more than 30 years, Melbourne families & businesses have been trusting Beachside Plumbing to look after their plumbing, hot water, heating and cooling needs.

We have a team of plumbers who are fully licensed, vaccinated, police checked, uniformed, presentable and provide a professional service.

Founder and Managing Director Glenn Howard started Beachside Plumbing with a mission to always make customers #1 priority and to provide Extra care on every job.

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