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Established Plumbing Myths

myth-or-factAt Apple Valley Plumbing, we’ve had many customers tell some tall tales about rumors and legends they've heard about their plumbing. You’ve probably heard some of them too. Some are true and others aren't. Today, we'll sort through two of the most popular ones.

Exploding Water Heaters

Yes, it's true that water heaters, under the right circumstances can explode. The water heater in your home is built to be able to withstand a certain amount of internal pressure. When pressure and temperature build to high levels, a safety valve opens to allow some steam and water to escape, thereby bringing the pressure down to a safe level.

The potential for danger only exists if the thermostat is set too high and the temperature and pressure relief valve malfunctions. Without a way for the built up steam and pressure to escape, the water tank can be transformed into a sort of rocket, blasting through the ceiling and roof in your home, soaring hundreds of feet into the sky.

We recommend checking the temperature and pressure relief valve on a regular basis to make sure it's working properly and to have your water heater serviced by a licensed plumbing professional every year. This will ensure it operates optimally, efficiently, and safely.

Critters Can Use Your Pipes To Get Into Your Home

rats-in-pipesAlthough this one sounds like an urban legend, it's true. Frogs, rats, squirrels, birds, and even snakes have been known to surprise homeowners upon lifting the lid.

Frogs and rats frequently inhabit sewer systems, particularly older ones. Snakes also occasionally make their way into sewer lines in search of their prey.

These animals are capable of swimming or crawling through pipes, getting around the toilet’s S-pipe to wind up in the bowl. Birds and squirrels, on the other hand, don't travel through the sewer line, but gain access via the vent stack on the roof.

If the thought of finding a wild animal in your toilet bowl is more than you can handle, there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening. You can have your vent stack capped with wire mesh to prevent birds or squirrels from accidentally getting in.

Additionally, you can have a multi-flap installed. This device, when added to the plumbing on your toilet, allows water and waste to exit the toilet while also preventing creatures from entering.

If you have other plumbing myths that you'd like demystified, or if your pipes or water heater need any repairs or maintenance, don't hesitate to call 612-387-1207 to speak to the friendly expert technicians at Apple Valley Plumbing in Apple Valley, MN and the surrounding area.

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