What are the top reasons why a homeowner calls an emergency plumber?
When a plumbing problem occurs, we typically want to take care of the problem immediately and prevent further damage. However, calling an emergency plumber on a weekend or holiday can be pricey. It is important to distinguish what plumbing problems can be fixed by oneself, what can wait, and what needs to be addressed by a professional immediately. The following are considered plumbing emergencies:
- There is a risk of flooding
Flood damage can significantly undermine structures, creating a safety concern. Flooding can be caused by a failed sump pump, a burst pipe, sewer backup, or water shut off valve failure. For all of these flooding occurrences contact an emergency plumber.
- There is a sewer backup or blocked drains
Sewage sitting at a backup point or blocked drains can cause an overflow of sewage and uncontrolled water in the house. Not only does this cause living difficulties due to lack of running water and inability to use facilities, but it is also a health hazard. Contact an emergency plumber immediately. This problem often requires special equipment to unclog the drain and any debris.
- You are without water
Similar to a sewage backup, lack of running disrupts everyday living from using facilities, showering, cooking, etc. Contact an emergency plumber to determine the source of the issue.
- There is a risk of pipe burst
When the temperatures drop below freezing frozen pipes or spigots can lead to no water and later potential flooding. Frozen pipes prevent water from passing through, but also expand and crack. When the pipe thaws this can lead to flooding. If you notice frozen pipes immediately shut off the main valve and contact an emergency plumber.
Less urgent problems that can wait:
Keep in mind that even if the emergency plumber arrives after hours or on a holiday, they may not have the essential parts needed to fix the issue. A benefit of waiting until standard business days is that plumbers have access to supply houses that generally have the necessary supplies and parts to complete the job.
Plumbing issues to schedule ahead for:
- Preventative maintenance such as a furnace tune-up or water heater flush
- Slow running drain clogs
- Remodel work
- Appliance installation, such as garbage disposal replacement or ice machine hook ups
- Minor repairs, such as for leaking faucets or running toilets