Dealing with plumbing problems is always frustrating, but sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re experiencing an emergency plumbing issue. It’s important to remember that the longer you wait to deal with all plumbing problems, the worse they’re going to get. However, there are a few specific scenarios where your plumbing equipment requires immediate attention. Luckily, Moe Plumbing Services is here to provide emergency plumbing services 24/7. Keep reading to learn about the top five plumbing emergencies to watch out for, and do not hesitate to call our skilled and experienced plumbers day or night.
5 Plumbing Emergencies That Require Immediate Action
- Overflowing Toilets: Most homeowners will deal with this problem at some point, but that doesn’t make it any less of an emergency. Your toilet is maybe the single most important plumbing fixture in your home, and it has to work hard to accommodate your family’s needs. That’s why it is important to watch what you are putting down your toilet, avoiding large wads of toilet paper, as well as products like cotton balls, tampons, and paper towels. Even so-called “flushable wipes” are not good for the standard toilet. And if you have little ones in your homes, keep an eye out for errant objects and toys that could accidentally find their way into the bowl. While you might be able to stop the average toilet clog with a plunger, toilets that won’t stop overflowing require the assistance of a professional plumber. Look for the shutoff valve in back of your toilet to stop the flow of water and call a plumber immediately if your unit has experienced an overflow. Remember, the last thing you want is dangerous wastewater seeping into your bathroom floor. And speaking of wastewater…
- Sewer Backups: Out of all your plumbing appliances, it is probably most common for sewage backups to occur in your toilet. However, it is also possible for sewage to back up in pipes throughout your home, creating a very dangerous situation for when you need to use your plumbing system. Sewage backups usually occur because there is a clog somewhere in your sewer line—which you will need to hire a plumber to address. Common signs that you are experiencing this issue include foul smells and leaks around your property, lush, green patches out in your yard, and an uptick in rat and rodent activity in and around your home. If you have noticed any of these problems building up, call a plumber right away, as you could be dealing with a sewer line blockage that will soon result in a backup.
- Burst Pipes: Few plumbing problems are as unexpected or as instantly alarming as a burst pipe. This happens when there is a significant buildup of water pressure in your system, leading to weakened joints in your home’s piping. You may start to notice problems with your faucets and toilets when this happens, though many homeowners don’t know they’re at risk for a burst pipe till it happens. If you hear a sudden pop in your wall, or notice water suddenly leaking out anywhere in your property, shut off your home’s water supply valve and call a plumber. You could be dealing with a nasty blockage somewhere in your lines, which will usually require professional assistance to get rid of. Keep in mind, failing to deal with a burst pipe right away may result in severe water damage, as well as ongoing pipe problems, so do not wait to call a plumber if this happens in your home.
- Leaking Water Heaters: A lot of water heater issues can be dangerous, but if you actually see water leaking from your heater, this can lead to an especially hazardous situation. Other water heater problems include strange-smelling/tasting water, or loud noises coming from your unit. though you may be able to take care of these issues by flushing out your water heater tank. A leak, on the other hand, means your water heater has either experienced severe cosmetic damage or is dealing with a pressure buildup. Again, shut off the water supply to your home and call a plumber ASAP if you see this happening. In a worst-case scenario, your water heater could effectively explode, assuming the pressure is too high, so it is essential you hire a professional to take care of this quickly.
- Loss of Hot Water: While a lack of hot water may not sound as urgent as some of the rest of these issues, it will definitely feel like a pressing problem when you are in the dead of winter and don’t have any hot water. That’s why it is always better to call for a water heater repair sooner rather than later. Moreover, a lack of hot water could indicate that you have a bigger water heater problem, which could lead to a leak or another one of the problems mentioned above. An experienced plumber will be able to tell if you if your unit can be fixed or if you need to replace it altogether, so watch out for signs your water heater is experiencing a malfunction, and call a plumber right away if you are faced with a sudden loss of hot water.
Do not wait to deal with emergency plumbing problems! Call Moe Plumbing Services 24/7 at (818) 396-8002 if you are dealing with an overflow, backup, or another major plumbing problem. You can also contact us anytime online.