Biggest Plumbing Myths

Residents in the Chicago area, as in other parts of the world, often believe their home plumbing system is one big mystery while others simply take it for granted.  At Rocket Plumbing, we often help our customers understand all that is involved in their plumbing system—including dispelling any myths, so they can help maintain their system while avoiding any unnecessary wear and tear.  

A few of the most common myths we discuss with our Chicago residents are:


  • The tighter a faucet handle is closed, the better—This is not only not true, but can be very damaging. Tightening the faucet handle too tightly is the number one cause of leaks and can actually cause pipes to break.  
  • With enough water, anything can be put down a garbage disposal—Wrong. People are often surprised at the long list of items that should never be put down a garbage disposal. These include onion skins and any fibrous foods because these substances can wrap around the grinding teeth and create a cloggy mess. Potato peels, meat fat, grease, oil, pasta, and even an eggshell’s membrane can also coat the disposal grinder with a film that eventually dulls the teeth and becomes odorous.
  • Water pressure is more of an inconvenience rather than a real problem—Nothing could be further from the truth. Low water pressure and high water pressure are both signs that something is wrong and should be corrected before bigger problems result.
  • Any kind of moist wipe can be flushed down a toilet—No, no, no, no. Unless specified, unlike toilet paper, moist wipes are not biodegradable and will, in time, end up plugging a toilet. Flushing wipes down a toilet is often be compared to flushing a sock down the toilet; both are wrong and can cause huge problems.
  • Lemon is a wonderful, natural way to freshen up a garbage disposal —incorrect, as well. A lemon could be a great and natural way to freshen a disposal if the lemon peel and wasn’t so damaging to the disposal.
  • A leaky faucet is not a problem—this could be true, if you don’t mind receiving a huge water bill. In fact, nationwide, leaky faucets are responsible for 1 trillion gallons of water waste. A faucet that leaks is a faucet that needs to be fixed to avoid bigger problems.
  • There is no difference between a handyman and a plumber—Plumbers and handymen are like apples and oranges. Plumbers have a plumber’s license, usually after a four-year apprenticeship and nine years of field training. And, in some states, it is illegal for a handyman to provide any plumbing services because of the complexities surrounding a plumbing system.


Your home is too big of an asset to take your plumbing needs for granted. Speak with an expert today, at Rocket Plumbers, about what we can to help keep you and your house safe.  


Avoid Leaking Pipes this Winter

Winter Tips from Rocket Plumbing

With winter around the corner and temperatures in Chicago getting cooler, it’s important to get your home ready for the frigid months ahead. One of the key areas of your home that needs to be winterized is your plumbing. In order to avoid the cost and inconvenience of leaking or bursting pipes this winter, follow these Rocket Plumbing tips and make sure your plumbing is protected for the deep freeze ahead.

  1. Protect your exposed pipes– Wrapping your un-insulated pipes with foam tubes from your local hardware store can help keep water inside from freezing, which causes pipes to burst. Make sure to duct tape around the tubes if they do not come with adhesive edges, to keep them from slipping off.
  2. Take care of your water heater- If you have an older model water heater located in your basement or another unheated area of the house, it’s just as subject to freezing and bursting as your pipes are. Make sure to inspect your water heater throughout the winter months, and replace it immediately if you see any bends, bulges or cracks, or if you detect rust in the water.
  3. Drain outside supply pipes– If water is left in your outdoor supply lines, they can freeze and spread into your indoor pipes, causing potential disaster! The best way to avoid this situation is to drain your outdoor supply pipes after closing the shut-off valves that supply them with water. Make sure to keep the outside valves open so any water left inside the pipes can expand if it freezes, and don’t forget to disconnect your garden hose.
  4. Take precautions before traveling- If you are going out of town for the holidays, be sure to shut off your main water supply valve, open your faucets and flush every toilet in the house to drain all the water from your pipes before you leave. If you will be gone for an extended period, it is also a good idea to drain the water heater. This will help prevent you from coming home to a flooded home.
  5. Open cabinets and close garage doors– One of the best ways to ensure that your indoor pipes stay warm enough is to open the cabinet doors under all of your sinks. This will allow the warm air in your house to heat them, preventing them from freezing. It is also a good idea to make sure your garage door stays closed at all times, in order to keep out the cold air.

We all know how cold the winters can get here in Chicago. Rocket Plumbing can help you with winterizing your pipes for the cold months ahead. Call today to speak with one of our experienced plumbing crew or to schedule an appointment.

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. Rocket Plumbing provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.


Hot Water Heater Hook-Ups Made Easy

Hooking up a hot water heater is one of the most common home repair jobs there is. However if you don’t know what you are doing, or don’t know the first thing about hot water heaters, well then you could be in hot water…quite literally.

But installing a hot water heater can actually be a rather easy thing to learn. You just have to make sure you read all the directions before you start so you don’t get in over your head before you even start. The last thing you want to do is realize you can’t do this and then be stuck without any hot water!

Five Main Things to Know before Buying New Tub

Some people will walk into a home improvement store expecting to walk out with a new bathtub. However, they did not think of all that entails which deciding to purchase and install a new tub.

On the other hand, there are people like you who are reading articles like this. That is a very good thing. You are one of the persons who will be able to make an educated decision about buying a bathtub.

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Chicago, IL 60657

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