When a plumbing emergency occurs
You know it’s going to be a bad evening when you come home from work and the front yard is flooded – and it hasn’t rained. Or you’re doing a load of laundry while the dishwasher is running and out of nowhere, all the drains in the house start backing up. Emergency plumbing issues may be one of the top two or three issues that a homeowner doesn’t want to deal with. Yet, it isn’t a matter of “if” they’ll happen, but “when” they’ll happen.
Things like emergency plumbing and drain issues seem to always happen a the most inconvenient times too. What makes them worse is the emergency plumbing service rates that you know you’re going to have to pay or do without water and drainage until the next business day.
What are the most common plumbing problems?
When it comes to plumbing issues, it isn’t always a simple matter. There are different shapes, sizes, and types of plumbing problems. They can be an easy and inexpensive problem like a dripping faucet, running toilet, or a clogged bathroom sink.
Or they can be a major issue like a backed-up sewer system or a major pipe burst that has water flooding the house (or flooding the yard). With a backed-up sewer system or busted pipe, you know right away this is going to require an emergency plumbing service call because if you don’t get it addressed right away, the repercussions could be devastating.
The ten common problems that plumbers receive emergency plumbing service calls for are:
- Faucets dripping
- Sinks slow to drain or not draining
- Bath or shower drain clogged
- Toilets backed up or clogged
- Toilet running
- Water heater not heating or leaking
- Water pressure low
- Garbage disposal jammed
- Leaky water pipes
- Backed up sewer system
What causes plumbing issues?
The 10 common plumbing problems listed above could have many issues that cause them, but here, we will talk about the most common that plumbers receive an emergency plumbing service call for:
We’ve all had a faucet dripping issues at some point. It is annoying and irritating, and it can get expensive. Most of the time a dripping faucet is because of an internal washer that is dislodged, hardened, torn or simply worn out. Usually, this is a simple fix that almost any homeowner can do if they have the proper tools.
Toilets backed up or clogged
When the bowl doesn’t drain after flushing, paper and waste can cause this which a plunger will usually do the job of unclogging. Occasionally, a drain auger or sewer snake is needed, which most households do not have, so an emergency plumbing service call may be needed. There is time, usually, households with small children, something larger can clog the toilet, like a toy or other foreign object could be the culprit.
Water heater issues
There are several possible water heater issues from the pilot light going out to sediment building up in the tank or the thermostat going out. For safety, it is recommended to call a professional plumber to inspect, repair or replace your water heater, especially if it is gas-operated. If water runs out of it, an emergency plumbing service call to your plumber is needed. The pilot light going out is something the average homeowner can fix by relighting it.
Garbage disposal jammed
This issue can often be fixed pushing the reset button, and if that doesn’t fix it, you’ll to open the disposal up and remove whatever is blocking it. Always turn the electricity off to the unit before doing this. While a jammed garbage disposal is an inconvenience, it rarely requires an emergency plumbing service call.
Backed up sewer system
Depending on where the blockage is, fixing the issue will vary. If the blockage is on your property, you may need an emergency plumbing service. If it is on the other side of your property line, call the city.
Slow draining drains
A blockage in a drain will restrict the water draining. In the kitchen, it typically is caused by food remnants or congealed fat and in the bathroom, a blocked drain is caused by hair and soap. Many times, a homeowner can unclog these themselves with either a plunger or pouring some type of chemical or a homemade mixture down the drain. A homemade mixture may include baking soda with water. Occasionally, a plumbing snake is needed for clogs that are further down the pipeline. Rarely, is there a need for emergency plumbing service.
The cause most common for a running toilet is the flapper valve has worn out. You can easily replace this with a repair kit from your local hardware store. A less common issue is sediment in the toilet lines, and while an emergency plumbing service call may be extreme, this will require a professional plumber to fix and may require a new toilet.
Water pressure low
Low water pressure could be from broken, corroded, or worn pies. Pipes filled with mineral deposits or sediment will require the services of a plumber, sometimes, cleaning the aerator on the end of the faucet with vinegar will get the water flowing well again. If the low water pressure is proven to be a busted water pipe, you must make an emergency plumbing service call to your plumber.
Leaky water pipes
Leaky water pipes are common at the pipe joints, which can be temporarily fixed with a plumbing compound or plumbing filler or plumbers’ tape. A permanent fix will require replacing fittings and/or pipes. If the leaking pipe is under the house or in the yard, this will require an emergency plumbing service call to your plumber after you have turned the water off at the main water shut-off.
How can you tell if a pipe bursts?
Many times, detecting a busted water pipe is easy because there is water flowing out of it. Sometimes though, it isn’t visible. Indicators that you may have a busted pipe are:
- Bubbling Noises
- Whistling Noises
- Banging or Clanking
- Unpleasant Odor
- Sink Holes
- Damp Drywall
- Persistent Clogs
- Frequent Backup
- No Water
- Poor Water Quality
- High Water Bill
What do you do if a pipe bursts in your house?
For any homeowner, a busted water pipe is a nuisance and major problem. The first thing you need to do is make that phone call we all dread, emergency plumbing service. Next, the following steps will stop the flowing water until the plumber arrives:
- Shut the water off at the water main – if you don’t know where this is, locate before you have an emergency.
- Turn all the faucets on, cold water first, so they can drain.
- Turn the water heater off then drain the hot water from faucets.
- If this in the middle of the winter, open all the cabinet doors so warm air can get to the pipes.
- Clean up the water mess with mops, towels, wet-vac.
Is a clogged toilet a maintenance emergency?
If you only have one bathroom, a clogged toilet is more of an emergency than you have a 2nd bathroom. One of the scariest things that can happen is after doing your business on the toilet, flushing it and the bowl fills with water instead of going down with your business. You’re furiously prodding and stabbing at the hole at the bowl’s bottom to push the mess on down.
Sometimes you’re successful, other times, you have water and other matters flowing over the bowl and onto the floor. This is not a fun time or a pretty picture. If you’re a seasoned homeowner, you may have a toilet snake in the garage, and this will usually do the trick of clearing the clog. It is rare that a clogged toilet will require an emergency plumbing service.
Your home is an important part of your life, an investment. We always recommend it to have a list of contractors you may need before an emergency arises. From electricians to HVAC services to have the best emergency plumbing service phone numbers on hand will make those unexpected, unwanted emergencies not so devasting. Concerned with your plumbing? Call (404) 758-6237 today for your emergency plumbing service needs in Canton, GA.