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Our local plumber smashes 5 common plumbing myths

Plumbing is an integral part of every single home and business.

Without it, you don’t have running water, flushing toilets, or functioning gutters! However most of the time – in fact, until it fails on us – we think very little about plumbing (except if you’re us!)

However, thanks to a lack of day-to-day exposure, there are a lot of old myths floating around regarding plumbing.

Do you believe in any of these old plumbing myths? Your local plumbers in Bayside are setting the story straight.


Myth #1: Calling a plumber isn’t worth it

When was the last time you called on the help of a plumber?

For many, not for a long time. One of the reasons they’ll cite is that it “isn’t worth the money” or that it’s “a rip-off”.

Calling a plumber can actually save you in the long term – not just in dollar value, but in terms of structural damage, water waste, and mould growth, just to name a few.

We attend far too many callouts for water damage and mould. In many if not most of these cases, a routine plumbing inspection would have identified and fixed the issue long before it caused damage.

Myth #2: That small leak isn’t a big deal

It’s a common misconception that a minor water leak is not a significant issue. “What harm could it do?” you might ask yourself. However, the answer to this question depends on the severity of the leak.

Having said that, even a seemingly minor leak can potentially cause substantial damage.

It is well-known that a leaky faucet can cause a significant increase in your water bill. Nonetheless, there are more serious types of leaks that are not as apparent, such as concealed leaks within walls.

Pipes often run through walls, floors, or ceiling cavities, making leaks in these areas difficult to detect. Consequently, water can accumulate inside walls, leading to damage to the walls, foundation, and overall structure over time.

That means water building up inside your walls. Pooling up, eating away at your walls, foundation and structure…

If you hear a quiet dripping anywhere in your walls, whatever you do don’t ignore it!

Myth #3: Doing DIY is cheaper, easier and faster

And don’t even get us started on DIY plumbing.

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with trying to tackle those common DIY jobs around the house.

But when it comes to plumbing however (and while we’re on it, electricity, too), we strongly recommend hiring a professional if you want to avoid:

  • Significant water damage
  • Fixtures that burst
  • Making the problem worse
  • Voiding your insurance

We get it – you want to save time and money while enjoying the satisfaction of DIY work.

But when it comes to plumbing, it’s simply not worth the risk.

First of all, not everyone has the skills and expertise of a skilled and licensed plumber.

Even with the best intentions, it’s hard to ensure that everything is done correctly, especially when specific tools and equipment are required.

Not to mention, according to the Victorian Building Authority, it’s also likely to be illegal.

If you’re caught, you could face a hefty fine. Even if you aren’t, calling your emergency plumber to fix your DIY plumbing can easily wipe out the money you saved.

Myth #4: Plumbers are for emergency plumbing only

Many homeowners will only resort to calling their local plumber during emergencies.

That’s probably why most of our callouts are for things like burst pipes, gas leaks and blocked toilets.

On top of just emergencies however, ignoring essential plumbing maintenance can also cause serious problems.

We mentioned hidden leaks above, but other problems include:

  • Hot water problems
  • Roofing leaks
  • Gas maintenance and repair
  • Issues with back flow
  • Appliance problems

Thankfully, each of these problems can be prevented… assuming you get your plumbing inspected regularly!

Myth #5: Plumbers are dirty and rude

It isn’t just plumbers who suffer from this old cliche either – it seems to be a commonly-held attitude about all tradies.

This couldn’t be further from the truth!

While our work may be dirty, that doesn’t mean that we are.

When we turn up at your home, we make sure to leave a positive first impression:

  • We take our boots off at your front door and clean up any mess
  • Our team turn up in clean uniforms clearly marked with the Watermaster logo
  • We’re polite and courteous, respecting you, your home, and your time


Don’t let these plumbing myths stop you from calling your Bayside plumber

If you need a plumber in Bayside, Melbourne to look after your home or business, you can’t go past Watermaster Plumbing.

When you call us for your FREE plumbing inspection, we’ll turn up on-time. Our experienced plumbers go through your entire plumbing system for problems, and can quote you for on-the-spot fixes.

Call our friendly and qualified team today on 1300 156 650 or contact us here to book a plumbing inspection!

2023-04-26T02:01:28+00:00 April 16th, 2023|Blog|