Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

No matter how well-designed your plumbing system is, at some point in time, you’ll eventually encounter piping disasters. It’s not because you didn’t take good care of them, it’s because the materials decay and lose structural integrity over time, which isn’t your fault. But keeping these encounters to a bare minimum is what matters. You should be well aware of plumbing emergencies that need professional help to avoid further damage and save your tubing system from a major overhaul.

Four Plumbing Emergencies That Needs an Immediate Professional Response:

Cracked or Burst Pipes

The most devastating plumbing problem you might have to face is a burst pipe. Not only are you wasting water and probably soaking everything in your house, but you’re also facing major water bills, too.

If you happen to have this issue, don’t panic. The first thing you should do is to shut off the main water line as soon as possible. Then call your local plumber and move any furniture from the water spill. Doing so creates a workable space for the plumber and saves your items from further damage. 

Clogged Toilets, Sinks, and Shower or Bathtub Drains

Clogged drains are one of the most common problems in any plumbing system. However, it’s never considered an emergency if you can unclog it yourself. A common first-aid solution to any clogged drain is to use a plunger. Of course, you can also try the hot water and soap duo if the latter didn’t help. Finally, chemical substances such as liquid lye should do the trick as your last resort. But if none of that worked, then it’s time to call a plumber.

Do note that you should only try the tips above once. Don’t waste buckets of water trying to push whatever’s causing the problem in your toilet as it may make matters worse. The best you can do is to move any item that may interfere with the plumber. You can also clean the area in advance while waiting for professional assistance.

Malfunctioning Water Heater

Hot water is vital in any home. Without it, it’s going to be a challenge to take a shower, wash dishes, and do laundry. Thus, you have to check your water heater once in a while. Some common signs of a small problem that may eventually lead to a total malfunction are leakage, a foul odor coming from the heater, tainted water, or some strange noise that wasn’t there before.

If you encounter any of these signs, it’s best to leave it to a professional plumber to save you time and have it fixed properly.

Damaged Gutters and Downspouts

Another emergency is damaged gutters and downspouts. Disregarding these just because there’s no rain at the moment can give you nightmares when it does come. As soon as you spot holes or cracks, it’s best to have them replaced by a plumber. Ignoring them can cause rainwater to pool, or worse, to get into your house and destroy furniture.

Up next – Tips to ready your pipes for winter.