Plumbing emergencies can happen suddenly and send you in a panic depending on how severe the problem. For some reason it tends to happen at the worst of times, especially the middle of the night. There’s no convenient time for a plumbing emergency but here’s a list of the most common ones.
- Sinks that drain slowly can be very annoying and although it doesn’t qualify as an emergency, severe clogs can completely prevent the flow of water, resulting in serious clogs and severe plumbing issues.
- Your toilet probably works the hardest in your home, so it’s no surprise that it can get clogged up from time to time. Toilet clogs are some of the most common culprits plumbing emergencies. If your toilet is making strange noises, leaking or not flushing, it is probably clogged. Ignoring it can lead to major issues and flooding that may result in structural damage and raw sewage backups.
- All sorts of things go down the drain, from strands of hair to soap scum, both of which are the two most common causes of clogged drains in the shower and bathtub drains in particular.
Sewer Back up
- If you have multiple drain clogs, gurgling toilets, water pooling around the floor drain in the basement, or bad odors coming from the drains, you may be experiencing a backup of the sewer system.
No Hot Water
- You can start experiencing Issues with the water heater which may mean no hot water when using the shower. It could be a plumbing leak, electrical issue or water heater malfunction, and should be fixed immediately.
- A constant dripping faucet can get annoying after a while but even worse, it can increase your water bill significantly; the same applies to toilet and all other leaks. This can cause rust and result in the growth of mold.
Burst Water Pipes
- Burst water pipes are particularly common in winter, when the freeze-thaw cycle places significant pressure on the pipes.
Water Heater Leaks
- Leaks and other hot water issues can cause you to waste a lot of money trying to heat water. This can also lead to property damage and in most cases, replacing a damaged water heater valve will solve the issue. However, in severe cases, the wall of the water heater may have rusted through completely and the entire water heater will have to be replaced.
Broken Water Lines
- There are many issues that may lead to broken underground water lines can occur in several ways. Normal deterioration, soggy areas, roots in pipes, and poor water pressure just to name a few.