Plumbing is one of the many aspects of modern life that is pretty easy to take for granted — until there’s a problem with it. There are a lot of things that can go wrong involving water in and around your home, however.
How can you tell the difference between a plumbing issue that you should probably have checked out sometime soon, and a true plumbing emergency that requires immediate action?
Easy. Read on for a list of surefire signs that you should invite a plumber to your house ASAP!
A Word to the Wise
Picture it. The clock has just struck 4 — 4 a.m., that is. Everyone is snug in their beds except your wife, who has just returned to bed with bad news: the toilet has overflowed and the bathroom is flooded. What do you do next?
If you’re smart, you grab your cell phone and scroll through your contact list to find the name of the emergency plumber you researched a few months ago, when you moved in. The company has someone available 24/7, just to handle situations like this one. A couple of hours later, you are saying goodbye to the plumber and getting ready for work as usual. It’s going to be a long day after being awakened so early, but at least the bathroom is sorted. Some basement bathroom ideas can change your plan of decoration
All this is to say, don’t wait until you need an emergency plumber before you start looking for one. It’s bad enough that your bathroom’s a hot mess, without the added stress of searching online, reading Yelp reviews, and trying to find a plumber who can come out to your house in the wee hours.
Now, on to the emergencies.
Have you ever lived in a climate where temperatures dip below freezing in the winter? If so, you might know that pipes can burst if they freeze and stay frozen. One way to prevent that is to leave the water trickling overnight. Of course, it can be difficult to remember not to shut off the taps entirely when you finish using the kitchen or bathroom sink.
Clogs are another reason that pipes can burst. Water pressure building up behind the clog needs to go somewhere, and if the pipe is old or rusty, chances are the water’s going to burst them and go every which way.
The Smell of Sewage
It is pretty easy to tell when an emergency plumbing situation is causing the smell of sewage, since there isn’t anything else in the world that is quite so odiferous. And we probably don’t have to tell you that the odor of sewage is one of the telltale signs you need an emergency plumber. You almost certainly want to get rid of that smell as soon as you possibly can!
“Sewer smells are often due to a problem with the sewer trap plug,” says Richard Foster, the founder of Fix-It Right Plumbing, an emergency plumber in Melbourne. “A missing, ill-fitted, or loose sewer trap plug is a pretty easy fix to make, but it’s still best left to the professionals for obvious reasons.”
If you wander into the kitchen for a midnight snack and your socks get wet, there are a couple of possibilities: the dog knocked over her water dish, again; your toddler isn’t quite as potty-trained as you thought she was; there is an issue with your plumbing that has led to standing water.
All of these are problems. Only one requires a professional — at least immediately.
Standing water is an indication that something has gone haywire in your pipes. Find the main water shut-off valve so things don’t get any worse, then start mopping up the mess while you wait for the plumber.
Plumbing emergencies are no fun, but having a reliable plumbing company picked out in advance, and knowing when to call them, can make the situation a little bit easier to bear.
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