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Common Plumbing Problems & How to Fix Them

Your plumbing usually does its job quietly and efficiently. However, on occasion, you may come across a plumbing problem. Fortunately, most common plumbing problems have a simple solution. 

Here are five of the most common plumbing problems and what you can do to fix them:

The toilet is running constantly. A toilet should fill up your tank with water and stop when it’s full. Older toilets may continue to run once the tank fills up. This is often caused by an ill-fitting flapper, a float out of balance, or a loose fill tube. A toilet repair kit from your local home improvement store should do the job.

A pipe starts leaking under your sink. Leaking pipes can cause water damage and lead to mold and mildew growth. If the leak is coming from a pipe joint, removing the pipe and refilling the joint with joint filler might do the trick. If your pipe or fitting has a crack, you can find replacements at any hardware store.

Your sink or tub is draining slowly. This may be caused by a clogged drain. A plunger can usually dislodge the occasional clog. You can also use chemical drain cleaners to help remove bigger clogs.

Your toilet is clogged and will not drain. Fixing a clogged toilet begins with the plunger. In most cases, the plunger will get the water moving again. If not, use a drain snake. This is a long wire coil that can feed down into a curved toilet drain. Once it hits the clog, you can push through it or pull it out.

Water flowing out of the showerhead is slow. Most water entering homes contain a certain amount of dissolved minerals. These minerals can clog up the openings in your showerhead and your faucet. To remedy this issue, take off the showerhead and soak it in vinegar overnight. This will remove minerals and get the water flowing again.

Common plumbing problems are not always easy to fix. If you need professional plumbing help, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning Service.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about plumbing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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