In an emergency, you want to know that you can rely on your plumber to get the job done. A good plumber knows what to do—and how to do it fast—during a plumbing emergency. What is a plumbing emergency? Keep reading to learn when you should call a plumbing expert ASAP.
As the name suggests, a plumbing emergency is an incident during which the plumbing in your home or business malfunctions, often causing serious damage, or at least having the potential to cause it. It does not take long for a little bit of water to do a lot of damage to a building’s flooring, walls, ceilings, and even foundation.
A plumbing emergency usually has a few distinct characteristics:
- Water is leaking from an undefined source.
- Water is coming from a visible source but can’t be stopped without professional help.
- The leaking water has caused or has the potential to cause extensive damage.
- Hazardous waste or materials are present.
Your basement doesn’t need to be flooded to warrant a call to an emergency plumber. What is a plumbing emergency? These four examples answer this critical question.
Leaking or Burst Pipes
Leaky pipes are one of the most common examples of a plumbing emergency. A burst pipe can lead to thousands of dollars in water damage, even in a relatively short period of time.
But it doesn’t take a broken pipe that is gushing gallons of water to qualify a leak as an emergency.
Even a pinhole leak left unattended can severely damage carpet, wood, and drywall, not to mention lead to mold damage that can put your family’s health at risk and lead to expensive repairs.
We’ve all done it—we go to flush the toilet and the water rises fast. Aside from being a bit embarrassing, a clogged and overflowing toilet could indicate a larger problem than an isolated incident suggests.
If your toilet repeatedly overflows, it might be time to call an emergency plumber to take a look.
No matter what the cause is, if your home is flooded, you need to call a plumber right away. If you don’t take care of the problem the first time it happens, it will be more likely to happen again.
As we have written about before, you don’t ever want to experience a sewer backup. Needless to say, if you have sewage backing up into your home, you need to call a plumber immediately. Keep your nose on high alert. If you smell any weird scents coming from your drains, you could prevent a hazardous, costly incident by simply having a plumber take a look.
What Is a Plumbing Emergency Going to Take to Fix?
If you think you are having a plumbing emergency, it is best to err on the side of caution. Give us a call any time, day or night, and we will send an expert to take care of the problem.