12 Sep What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?
When do you call for plumbing help and when can it wait? While a broken dishwasher or inoperable garbage disposal are inconvenient, it’s probably not worth the extra money to call in a plumber on a Sunday or after hours to fix them. However, there are definitely times when it is imperative that you call a professional plumber right away.
Top Emergency Plumbing Situations
- Water Leak – any time water is leaking, it’s an emergency situation. A burst pipe is one big reason for major water damage. Shut the water off to your house immediately and call a plumber. Once water saturates drywall or the floor, it can cause irreversible damage and must be attended to immediately.
- Frozen Water Pipes – these are disaster waiting to happen. Not only do you not have any water (no way to flush toilet, take a shower, get a drink) but also it’s likely the ice will damage the pipe and cause it to rupture. Call a plumber right away if it is likely you have frozen water pipes.
- Blocked Drain – if you can unclog the sink great, but if not, that blockage could cause water to back up in other parts of the house and cause a flood. Call for professional plumbing help to remedy the situation. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and hassle by avoiding a worse situation than one clogged pipe.
- Clogged Toilet – If you only have one toilet in the house, then not being able to use it for the weekend of several hours is not really an option. If you cannot unclog it yourself, be sure the water to it is turned off, the lid is down and that everyone in the house knows not to try and flush it again which could cause it to overflow. Get a plumber in immediately to get rid of the clog and avert a messy disaster if it overflows.
- Broken or Leaking Hot Water Heater – if the hot water heater is leaking, that’s a big problem. There is no way to contain that much water and keep it cleaned up. Shut the water off to the house and immediately call a plumber. If the unit is not leaking but not heating water, then it’s your call. Is everyone fine with cold showers in the morning or for the weekend? If not, call for repair.
- Backed Up Sewer Line – if the backyard is suddenly a swamp and there is a bad odor, your sewer is probably backing up. It’s only a matter of time before the excess water finds its way into your basement and the neighbors! You cannot use the toilet, sinks, or showers until the sewer line is fixed so call for a plumber immediately.
Worrying about the extra expense of plumbing emergency services is a valid concern. However, water damage is usually extensive and can cost far more to repair than having a professional plumber come to your house to fix a burst or frozen pipe. When you call Mac Plumbing, you can be sure you’ll be treated fairly and our professional plumbers will help you avoid further water damage and restore your plumbing quickly and efficiently.