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5 Common Household Plumbing Issues

Plumbing problems are an inevitable part of owning a home. While some plumbing issues are caused by normal wear and tear, others are caused by how certain plumbing systems are used and maintained. Regardless, it’s important to know some of the most common household plumbing issues and how to resolve them. 



1. Dripping Faucets

Dripping faucets are annoying, wasteful, and costly. Did you know that a faucet that drips water only once per second can lead to 5.7 gallons of wasted water a day? Not only does that mean you’re wasting precious water, but you’re also spending unnecessary money on your water bill each month. That’s why it’s important to have any leaky faucets in your home fixed as soon as possible. An experienced MD plumber can identify the cause of your dripping faucets and resolve the problem for you.


2. Slow or Clogged Drains

Clogged sink, shower, and tub drains are all too common in households. Clogged drains can be a hassle and disrupt your normal routine. You may be able to unclog a drain using a plunger or a plumber’s snake. Another option you have is pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. If these things don’t work, you’ll need to enlist the help of a professional plumber to unclog your sink, shower, or tub drain.


3. Jammed Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are convenient when they’re fully operational. But when they aren’t, it can be a major inconvenience. Garbage disposals can become jammed due to foreign objects, built-up food particles, old age, etc. The first step to attempting to fix your garbage disposal is hitting the reset button. If that doesn’t work, you need to open it up using its designated key or an Allen wrench. Once inside, you will be able to identify the problem and free the motor. 


4. Leaky Pipes 

Leaky pipes can be caused by multiple things, such as:

  • Pipe corrosion
  • Pipe damage
  • Cracked seals
  • Excessive water pressure
  • Stubborn clogs
  • Incorrect pipe laying

If you don’t identify the cause of your leaky pipes, it can lead to severe damage to your furniture, floors, and walls. Not to mention, it can lead to mold growth. 


You can temporarily fix leaky pipes using tape, compounds, and fillers. But to permanently fix the problem, you will need to have a plumber replace your leaking pipes.


5. Running Toilets

Running toilets waste even more water than leaky faucets. If your toilet is running and a couple of handle jiggles don’t get it to stop, you need to contact a plumber immediately. Sometimes it can be caused by something simple, like a leaking flapper. But other times, a running toilet can be caused by something more serious. Only an experienced plumber will know. 


Let Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating Fix Your Plumbing Problems

The plumbing experts at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating are here for you when you need help with your plumbing. With our emergency plumbing services, you can always rest assured knowing that you have help when you need it most. 


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