Almost every house has indoor plumbing. Unless you use an outhouse as a bathroom and fetch your water directly from a nearby brook, you rely on your plumbing infrastructure to receive fresh water supplied by your utility company and manage the wastewater produced in your house. Modern residential plumbing systems are quite durable, and they rarely develop problems. However, they are not indestructible. Therefore, no matter what you do to take care of your plumbing system, it might develop problems that could prevent it from performing optimally or even put your house and family in danger. Some plumbing issues can wait to be fixed another day, while others must be addressed as soon as they have been spotted. However, no matter how urgent a plumbing issue might seem, you should never be tempted to fix it on your own. Instead, you should have a professional emergency plumber on speed dial. But what exactly can make it necessary for you to make an emergency call to your plumber? Here is a rundown of the most common residential plumbing emergencies you might run into.
A Burst Water Pipe
The water flowing through your water pipes is usually under high pressure. Therefore, when a water pipe bursts for some reason, you can expect it to spill a lot of water within a short time. Therefore, if a burst pipe is not fixed promptly, it can cause flooding on your property and even in your neighbor’s home. There are many issues that can cause a water pipe to burst. For instance, if you have a home improvement project that requires excavation to be done, the job might put your underground pipes at risk of getting damaged. Besides, if there is a tree growing near an underground pipe, its roots will gradually coil themselves around the pipe and eventually damage the pipe. Lastly, a water pipe can burst if the ground on which it rests is shifting for some reason. Whatever the cause of the problem might be, you need to ensure that it is fixed immediately by a professional emergency plumber to prevent severe water damage.
A blocked toilet can cause quite a nasty mess in our bathroom. When you flush your toilet, the wastewater and its contents should quickly get out of sight and leave your toilet bowl clean. If your toilet is blocked, this might not happen. Instead, flushing the toilet will only cause the wastewater to fill up the toilet bowl and spill over to your bathroom floor. Unfortunately, this would render your bathroom unusable. Without a functional toilet in your home, it is hard to imagine how uncomfortable living in your house would get. Therefore, when you notice that your toilet is blocked, you need to act quickly by making an immediate call to an emergency plumber. A professional emergency plumber will come with the necessary tools to ensure that your toilet is unblocked correctly without putting your toilet at risk of getting damaged.
A Broken Water Heater
Have you ever thought of how your life would be without a water heater in your house? Although you rarely think about it, the water heater has to be one of the most important parts of your plumbing system. The appliance helps with ensuring that you always have access to hot water for cleaning, washing, bathing, and cooking. This is important because ice-cold water could be quite uncomfortable and ineffective, especially when used for cleaning. Therefore, if your water heater has malfunctioned and the supply of hot water in your house has been cut off, you need to make an urgent call to your emergency plumber to get the issue resolved within the shortest time possible. It is also important to note that some water heater issues might put your family in grave danger. For instance, if the water coming from your water heater is too hot for some reason, it may lead to serious burns. Therefore, even if your water heater is still supplying hot water, you need to take any changes in its behavior seriously and ensure that they are addressed by a professional emergency plumber before they can get out of hand.
A Frozen Water Pipe
The winter weather can be quite unpredictable. Sometimes, the temperatures can drop below freezing point, causing the water in your pipes to freeze. Unfortunately, the presence of ice in your water pipes would effectively cut off the supply of water to your house or even compromise your drainage system’s ability to manage wastewater. Therefore, when you notice that your water pipes are frozen, you will need to make an immediate call to your emergency plumber to ensure that the supply of water to your house is restored. Your plumber might also help you improve your pipe insulation to prevent the pipes from freezing up in the future.
A Sewer Back Up
The sewer is where wastewater goes after leaving your house. A sewer backup is when the wastewater starts flowing toward your house instead of going out. Even if you will not see the signs of a sewer backup you will definitely smell it since it will bring an extremely nasty odor into your house. But in addition to the foul odor, a sewer backup can put your family at risk of getting seriously ill. Therefore, you need to make an immediate call to an emergency plumber when you notice that you have a sewer backup in your house. A professional emergency plumber should have the necessary skills, experience, and tools to ensure that the issue is fixed promptly before it can get out of hand.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, there are several plumbing emergencies you can encounter in your house. If you are looking for a plumbing contractor to help you respond promptly to any plumbing emergency, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio is an excellent choice. Feel free to call us today for more information about our company and services.
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