It’s better to be safe than sorry. That saying is true in many aspects of life, including plumbing. As a homeowner, it’s essential to know the difference between minor plumbing issues and urgent problems that need professional attention right away.
A few common reasons for emergency plumbing service include disruptions to the water supply, flooding risks, leaking pipes, overflowing toilets, blocked sewer lines, and water heater malfunctions.
Call an emergency plumber if you experience…
- Lack of water or pressure. The most obvious emergency plumbing scenario is when you don’t have any water coming out of your taps – or the pressure is significantly thrown off. If there are no obvious and safe explanations for this drastic change (such as someone closing the main shut-off valve), then something is definitely wrong and needs to be inspected by a plumber ASAP.
- Potential for flooding. A slow-dripping faucet is annoying but not a huge cause for alarm. When water is uncontrolled and accumulating fast, that’s another story. Flooding can be devastating to your home – damaging the structure, furniture, flooring, walls, insulation, and other personal items. If water reaches the electrical system, it can cause a short (or worse, electrical shock). Plus, even once the water recedes, there’s the risk for harmful mold growth. Moral of the story: if flooding is possible, shut off the water supply and call a problem right away.
- Leaking or burst pipe. When a pressurized water supply pipe breaks, it can send gallons upon gallons of water into your home until it is resolved. Since most pipes are concealed behind walls, floors, and ceilings, you may not notice a small leak until it’s too late. At the first sign of a burst pipe, dial a plumber’s number and shut off the water.
- Overflowing toilet. Clogged toilets are one of the most common plumbing problems – and can typically be resolved with a simple plunger. However, if the blockage is so severe the toilet starts overflowing after a flush, then you’re beyond a quick DIY fix. Find the water shutoff behind the toilet and cut off the supply of freshwater. Be more careful around water overflowing from the toilet bowl since it could be tainted with sewage and bacteria.
- Water heater malfunction. Many homeowners don’t pay much mind to their tank water heaters – until there’s a problem. There are several ways a water heater can malfunction, but the worst-case scenario is pressure building up and causing the tank to burst. If you notice any bulges in the tank or the pressure relief valve repeatedly releases water on the floor, those are clues that something potentially dangerous is happening inside the water heater.
- Sewer or drain back-up. A clogged sewer line (the underground pipe that carries wastewater from the home to the sewage system) can happen seemingly out of the blue, but, in reality, it’s been brewing for a long time. The first signs may be soggy patches on your front lawn or foul odors coming into your home, but eventually, sewage will get backed up or prevent drains from flowing. Before you have a giant mess on your hands, contact a plumber to repair or replace the sewer line.
Emergency plumbing service in the Durham, NC area
There’s no good time to experience a plumbing problem – in fact, they seem to pop up at the worst possible moment. That’s why at Acme Plumbing Co., we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services to fix issues right away and avert further damage and mess. You can always reach us at (919) 688-1348.