Don't Be Fooled by Plumbing Myths | Separating Fact from Fiction
We usually think of pranks and other practical jokes when April Fools' Day comes around, but the real dangers to watch out for are damaging myths and falsehoods that cost you money, safety, and comfort.
To help dispel the many misconceptions about plumbing, water, and money, we're sharing the most common plumbing myths and facts.
Plumbing Myths - Don't Be a Plumbing Fool!
MYTH: Low-flow toilets aren't effective.
FACT: Newer technology and design allows low-flow toilets to meet or exceed plumbing and flushing performance standards.
While it's true that earlier versions of "low-flow" toilets and faucets didn't always work very well, modern water-efficient products have improved tenfold. Many low-flow products have earned the WaterSense label by meeting the EPA's stringent efficiency and performance requirements. These products save water while maintaining public health and safety and performance standards.
You can save thousands of gallons every year by just installing one WaterSense-qualified toilet, which uses less than 1.5 gallons per flush. Learn how much water you can save by installing WaterSense products with EPA's Water Savings Calculator.
MYTH: Repairs shouldn't cost more than the materials.
FACT: Sometimes, the costs of labor and repair will be more than the materials themselves. This depends on the project, but keep in mind the value of a good plumber to:
- Correctly diagnose the plumbing problem and root cause
- Recommend the best solution for your home
- Decide which methods and materials give you the most bang for the buck
- Install the parts properly the first time
- Provide a warranty and labor and materials
Avoid general handymen for serious plumbing. When you call a professional plumber, you get highly skilled technicians who arrive on-time in fully stocked vehicles. Contact Gold Medal for fully qualified and insured to perform first-class customer service.
MYTH: The lowest plumbing quote saves you money.
FACT: Our natural instincts are to go with the lowest quote we can find. Unfortunately, this can lead to higher costs overall. You want to choose the contractor who will give you the lowest cost overall. While upfront costs are something to pay careful attention to, you also want to consider that these materials should be made to last a long time.
Often, the lower the upfront cost, the less guarantees and warranties are available. You want to compare the overall offer, including:
- The quality of the parts
- Any included warranties (labor and/or materials)
- Guarantees and promises to "go the extra mile"
Many plumbers and handymen will quote a low price to get the business, but will provide a poor, Band-Aid fix. If you skimp out on the initial repair, you could be facing larger maintenance costs and more frequent repairs down the road. Additionally, halfway into the job, the price might suddenly change significantly. You want to hire someone who sticks by their upfront pricing and satisfaction guarantees. If a plumber does offer any guarantees, make sure you get it in writing.
Your home is an important investment. When possible, you want to focus on quality and durability over upfront costs.
- Check credentials, reputation, money-back guarantees, and be suspicious of super-low prices.
- Remember that plumbing and home service companies often offer coupons and discounts throughout the year.
- Keep track of your local plumbing contractor for offers and deals throughout the year.
- We also recommend scheduling a professional plumbing inspection very year to make sure everything is running safely and smoothly.
MYTH: Water-efficient products are too expensive and hard to find.
FACT: Affordable and efficient water products are not hard to find. In addition to the large selection at retail stores, your plumber will be able to inform you of additional models and styles, from low-cost to luxury.
Look for the WaterSense label and speak with your plumber about installing efficient plumbing products at your price point. You’ll quickly make back any higher upfront costs with the savings on your water bill.
MYTH: Water efficiency and water conservation are the same things.
FACT: Efficiency and conservation are often used interchangeably, but they are actually two separate things. Water efficiency is all about how to use less water to do the same job or task. For instance, low-flow toilets and energy-efficient appliances use technology and design to use less water while maintaining or even improving performance. Water efficiency means doing more with less.
Water conservation is usually behavior and habit-based, trying to reduce water loss, waste, or use. Water conservation includes things such as turning off the water while you brush your teeth and using native and drought-resistant plants for your landscaping. Both water efficiency and water conservation are important for curbing our water use.
If any of your faucets of sputtering and spattering, you can help improve the flow and save water by cleaning or replacing your faucet aerator.
MYTH: Bottled water is healthier and safer than tap water.
FACT: It depends, but the fact is that bottled water is held to lower standards than tap water. While bottled water is regulated by the FDA, tap water is monitored by the stricter EPA. The EPA has stricter standards for some microorganisms and chemicals, such as E. Coli and Legionella.
In fact, a lot of bottled water is simply taken from municipal taps. If you want to improve the taste and quality of your drinking water, we highly recommend looking into home filtration, purification, softening options. Speak with one of our professionals for more information on whole-house or under-sink water filtration and water softening systems. We offer free water filtration system installation evaluations.
Save hundreds of dollars a year by switching to tap water. Just remember to schedule professional plumbing maintenance every year to prevent any water quality problems.
Learn about the wonders of water softeners.
MYTH: Lead in the water is the city or utility's fault.
FACT: Most often, the source of lead in drinking water comes from the plumbing system inside your home. If you think you may have lead in your pipes, either call your local plumber or get a lead testing kit from your local home improvement store and send in your sample to a certified laboratory.
Learn more about lead in your drinking water here.
Don’t be foolish! Contact Gold Medal Service for your free water filtration system installation evaluation.
Our experienced technicians will assess your water supply and provide you with water filtration solutions that match your home's need.
If you run into any other questionable plumbing advice, don’t hesitate to contact the plumbing mythbusters at Gold Medal. We’re glad to answer any questions you may have!
Give us a call today at (732) 365-3199 or schedule an appointment online! We're available 24/7, holidays included (no joke!).