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5 Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

Hello, homeowner! Is there a pesky pipe disrupting your peaceful home life, or a peculiar smell emanating from your sink that just won’t budge? We get it. At Rapid Response Plumbing, we’re well acquainted with these problems. We’re here to help you understand five of the most common plumbing issues, how they occur, and how to fix them. Let’s jump right in!
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1. Dripping Faucets: More Than Just an Annoyance

We’ve all encountered the persistent *drip, drip, drip* of a faucet that refuses to stop. It’s like the faucet is stuck in an eternal state of miscommunication with the water supply. Over time, this seemingly small issue can rack up a high water bill, not to mention the negative impact it can have on our environment due to water waste.

Here’s How to Fix It:

* Start by turning off your water supply to prevent a mini indoor flood.

* Remove the faucet handle to inspect the interior. The usual suspect in this case is a worn-out rubber washer that fails to create a proper seal.

* Simply replacing this small, inexpensive washer could put an end to the relentless dripping. 

If you’re still hearing the constant pitter-patter of water droplets, it may be time to call your friends at Rapid Response Plumbing for a quick and efficient fix!

2. Slow Draining Sink: The Unseen Blockage

Next up is the notoriously slow-draining sink. This often happens due to blockages from accumulated food particles, hair, or soap scum that restrict the water flow. While it might start as a mild inconvenience, this can lead to larger issues, such as pipe corrosion or even flooding, if left unchecked.

Here’s How to Fix It:

* First, try using a plunger to dislodge the blockage. It’s a great arm workout, too!

* If plunging doesn’t work, you could move on to a plumber’s snake or a hand auger, which can reach deeper into the drain.

* As a last resort, sink or drain cleaning products can be effective. Be sure to follow all instructions and safety measures. 

3. Clogged Toilets: Every Homeowner’s Nightmare

If there’s a common fear shared by homeowners, it’s the sight of rising water in a toilet bowl. Clogged toilets usually occur due to overuse of toilet paper or non-flushable items being discarded carelessly.

Here’s How to Fix It:

* Arm yourself with a flanged plunger. It’s specifically designed for toilets, providing the extra power needed to remove the clog.

* If that’s unsuccessful, a plumber’s snake or a closet auger can come to the rescue. 

If you’re not comfortable handling the tools or if the problem persists, our Rapid Response Plumbing team is always ready to assist!

4. Running Toilets: The Unseen Water Waster

A running toilet might not be as noisy as a dripping faucet, but it’s just as problematic. Did you know it can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day? That’s enough to fill four bathtubs!

Here’s How to Fix It:

* Start by examining the float, the fill tube, and the flapper inside your toilet tank. A malfunction in any of these parts could be the culprit.

* If they’re worn out or damaged, it might be time for replacements.

If this sounds too technical, don’t hesitate to call Rapid Response Plumbing. We have all the necessary parts and the expertise to take care of it for you.

5. Low Water Pressure: The Invisible Frustration

Last but not least is low water pressure. It can turn what should be a refreshing shower into a frustrating drizzle. This problem is often due to a build-up of sediments and mineral deposits on aerators.

Here’s How to Fix It:

* First, try to unscrew the aerator from the faucet and give it a thorough cleaning.

* If cleaning doesn’t help, you might need to replace the aerator. 

For more severe cases, where the issue is with your home’s main water supply, it’s best to call in professional help.

Call Rapid Response Plumbing for Extra Help

We hope this expanded guide will help you tackle some of those pesky plumbing issues. But remember, if you’re unsure or if the problem seems too big, don’t hesitate to contact us at Rapid Response Plumbing. We’re proud to serve the Metro Atlanta area and are committed to solving your plumbing issues promptly and professionally.

At Rapid Response Plumbing, we live up to our name. When it comes to plumbing, a rapid response is exactly what you need, and that’s exactly what we deliver! Here’s to a hassle-free plumbing experience!

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