Since plumbing emergencies can happen at any time, you need to make sure you have the contact information of an emergency plumber. This is important because it will help you save time and cost, making it easier for you to get the problem solved. Most emergency plumbers charge higher rates than normal plumbers due to the urgency of the situation and limited time to have the problem fixed. Here are six emergency situations where you need to call an emergency plumber:
Flooding is common when you have leaking faucets, broken or bursted pipes in your home. You are required to call an emergency plumber if you have flooding in your home to assess the cause of the problem and fix it. Flooding causes water damage, and if the problem is not fixed fast, it could cause permanent damage to your house. Therefore, you can reduce water losses by shutting off the main water valve or securing your household items by moving them outside the house. Also, make sure that the emergency plumber you’ve called will not take too much time before coming to fix the problem.
2. Burst pipe
A burst pipe is one of the main causes of flooding in a house. However, even if the pipe is not causing flooding, you need to have it fixed to prevent water damage e.g. moulds and mildew growth. You can start by clearing household items from the area to ease movement and reduce losses before you call the plumber. Most PVC pipes are prone to bursting due to high pressure, frozen water or when hit with a hard object.
3. Clogged drain
Clogged drains do not pose high risks, but when water backs up to your kitchen sink, you need to hire an emergency plumber to unblock your drain. Sometimes, you may do it yourself, but if you don’t have necessary skills and equipment, hiring an emergency plumber is the best option to avoid making the problem even worse. Besides, the plumber may fix other related problems when repairing a clogged drain, preventing problems in future.
4. Frozen pipes
During cold seasons, pipes around your home may freeze, stopping the water from flowing into your faucets. Although there are numerous articles and videos online on how to thaw your frozen pipes yourself, you need to get some experience before trying these DIY methods. You can end up having burst pipes while trying to thaw the pipes and this could end up being a bigger problem than frozen pipes.
Therefore, calling an emergency plumber is advisable because he is both skilled and experienced in handling frozen pipes. Also, he is capable of fixing a burst pipe in case he ends up having one when thawing the pipes.
5. Toilet overflow
Toilet overflow is not only disgusting but also unhygienic. Getting it fixed right away is the only solution. No matter how simple the overflow looks, having an expert fix it is the best option because you can amplify the problem or expose yourself to other health risks if you try to do it yourself.
6. Sewer back-up
There are many reasons why sewer back-up can happen e.g. failing sump pump and blocked pipes. Since you often do not know the real cause of the problem, you need to contact an emergency plumber to assess and fix the problem. You should remove valuable items from your bathroom while clearing space to make it easy for the plumber to maneuver while fixing the problem. It is important to understand that sewer back up does not only affect your home, but it may also result due to other associated problems in your neighbourhood, and only an experienced plumber can help you fix this problem.