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What Are the Most Common Plumbing Problems?

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 2:16pm

Plumbing is one of the most important pieces of a home, but we rarely think about it until something goes wrong. When you’ve got a problem, you want a solution as soon as possible.

You can avoid many common issues by setting a regular plumbing maintenance schedule that involves quick checks by you and tune-ups by residential plumbing services such as ours here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida.

Whether they’re quick fixes or require a call to residential plumbing services, here are some of the most common plumbing problems and what you should do when they arise.

Blocked Toilets

One of the most common plumbing problems homes face is toilets that are clogged and send water back into the bowl or onto your floor. Turn off the water as soon as you notice any toilet issues.

When waste builds up, it creates a blockage the pressure of your toilet can’t push past. To tackle this, first try your handy plunger. Place it squarely in the bowl and provide strong pressure throughout each push to create suction and dislodge the clog. If that won’t work, you can try a sewer snake that bends around the curve in your pipes to work out any issues.

If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call a residential plumbing service to check your pipes and your toilet, because sometimes the problem can be a leak that prevents you from getting a good flush.

Running Toilets

A running toilet is a common problem that is usually easy to fix. There are many things that can cause the running but the reason typically can be found if you lift the cover off of your tank. Check for a fill valve that doesn’t seal, a flapper that isn’t properly creating a seal at the base of the tank, or a loose fill tube. Most toilets have a kit you can pick up at a home improvement store for a fast and affordable fix.

Leaking Sinks

The drip, drip, drip of a leaking sink is also the sound of a rising water bill. It can lead to water damage. Thankfully, the fix is usually something you can do easily. Check and replace any worn washers, clear out gunk in the pipe, or even replace the fixture itself with just a few simple steps.

Clogged and Slow Drains

A clog in your system can slow down any drain or cause a complete backup. Your plunger can remove many clogs while drain cleaners can also help remove the issue — just make sure to get a cleaner specific to your toilet, tub, sink or other appliance.

Clogs become a reason to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s residential plumbing service when they don’t go away or if they keep coming back. We can determine the long-term cause, solve it, and take preventative steps — such as installing high-quality drain screens — to keep everything running smoothly in the future.

These are just a few of the common plumbing problems homes face. Contact us here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing to help with these and more with our licensed plumbers serving Oneida, Rome, Utica and beyond.

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