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You wake up and suddenly you see water pooling on the floor, or you notice a foul odor wafting up from the basement. You walk downstairs and there is water everywhere and your floor drain is not working anymore. You know right away that you need to call a plumber, but you don’t know whether or not you need an emergency plumber. Of course, an emergency plumber may be more expensive, but if it saves you from further damages, then the cost may be well worth it.
Most homeowners don’t know what actually constitutes calling a plumber and attempt to handle certain scenarios on their own. This usually ends badly because the situation gets worse and they end up paying much more for cleanup then they would have if they would have just called a plumber in San Antonio, TX in the first place.
If you are unsure of what the difference is, take a minute to look over the following list of what constitutes a plumbing emergency. Knowing when to call is the first step in being able to proactively handle a plumbing emergency. You should never feel bad about calling a plumber in the middle of the night if you find yourself in one of these situations. In fact, that is why we offer emergency plumbers, because we know that plumbing disasters can strike at any time of the day or night. After all, your pipes don’t sleep at night, so their propensity to burst or break doesn’t either.
A Clogged Sink
A minor sink is something that can usually wait, especially if it is a sink that you don’t use on a frequent basis. This type of plumbing issue can be scheduled and resolved within a few days. If it is a major sink, such as your kitchen sink you will have to weigh the difference between inconvenience and prompt servicing. Most plumbing companies will try to get you on the schedule as soon as possible, but you may have to a bit.
However, if you have a clog in your sink and look below the sink and notice leaking, then this becomes a plumbing emergency. Leaks often occur because the water has to go somewhere if it can’t go down, and rusted joints or old plumbing can be pressed past its limits. What starts out as a small leak can quickly turn into a large leak or even a burst pipe if the situation is not addressed so it is important to call an emergency plumber promptly.
No Hot Water
Not only is waking up without hot water a good reason to call a plumber, but it is also a major inconvenience. Without hot water you can’t shower, wash dishes, wash laundry, or even wash your hands effectively! It also is a sign that something is wrong with your hot water heater. With any luck you won’t walk downstairs and find that your hot water heater has exploded or has sprung a leak, but if you do then you need to call a plumber right away.
The sooner you get a plumber in to investigate the issue the better it is because you can prevent any other major issues from occurring. In some instances, it may just be that the pilot light on your hot water heater is out. This is the best-case scenario and something you should be able to check on your own. However, if you are not able to see your pilot light then a visit from a plumber is not out of the realm.
Your Toilet Is Overflowing
A toilet that won’t stop running is one thing, a toilet that is overflowing is a completely different matter. You should immediately call an emergency plumber in San Antonio, TX if you can’t stop your toilet from overflowing. This can quickly lead to water damage and an environmental emergency. Overflowing water from the toilet is not only unsanitary, but it can cause water damage in your bathroom quickly. If you have tile floor it can eat up the adhesive, and if left unaddressed for too long even causes the wood under your toilet to rot. If the plunger isn’t solving the issue, then you shouldn’t waste time calling an emergency plumber.
Blocked Sewer Lines
The purpose of a sewer line is to remove all wastewater from your home. If it is blocked, that means all the sewage is going to back up and stay in your home. This is not a good situation to find yourself in. While a clog in any sink or drain can indicate a blocked sewer line, usually the floor drain is the first place to back up indicating that you have a problem. It can even cause wastewater to seep upwards in the ground creating a very soggy yard and a terrible smell.
If you think that you have a blocked sewer line you need to call an emergency plumber right away. Outside of the bad odors and flooding, the main concern here is water damage. Every single time you use a sink, shower, or faucet you are adding to the amount of water that is going to backup into your home. If there is nowhere for it to go, the water is going to continue to pool. Water damage is very expensive to deal with and it can quickly cause high bills that you were not expecting.
Turn to a Professional Plumber
If you wake up to any of the above situations or have a different issue that is causing flooding, water damage, or bad odors, it is time to call a plumber. bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of San Antonio is a local plumbing company that has emergency plumbers on stand-by at all times. We are happy to help you get through your plumbing emergency, so give us a call if something has happened that cannot wait. If you are unsure of whether you should call an emergency plumber or not, give us a call and we can help you figure it out. Our staff is always ready to help our customers.