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The Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can leave you without the water or drainage you need to perform everyday tasks. A serious plumbing problem can also cause extensive damage to your property in a matter of minutes, leaving you with not only the costs of plumbing repair, but also property cleanup or replacement after the fact. When you experience a major plumbing problem that simply cannot wait, calling your 24-hour plumber is the best solution to avoid further damage, discomfort, or stress.

Frozen and Burst Pipes

Frozen pipe problems is a fact of life. When pipes are exposed to below-freezing temperatures, the water inside them can freeze and expand, leading to situations such as cracking or bursting that can cause anything from a small drip to a major flood. If you suspect a pipe has frozen, turn off the water to the area immediately and take steps to thaw the pipe, then call your emergency plumber, even if you don’t think the pipe has cracked or burst. In situations where your pipe has clearly burst, it’s essential to call your 24-hour plumber for immediate service, as you cannot restore water to the pipe until it has been repaired.

Water Heater Failure

You rely on your water heater every day for hot water to bathe, cook, and clean. When your water heater fails without warning, it can leave you without the ability to perform these simple yet essential tasks, leading to schedule disruption and added stress. If you experience a water heater failure when you cannot go without hot water or you think there may be a problem with the electrical connections or gas line powering the appliance, you should always call in your 24-hour plumber for diagnosis and repair of the problem immediately, rather than suffering without the hot water you need or allowing a potential safety hazard to go unaddressed.

Major Leaks and Floods

Leaks are one of the most common plumbing issues you’re likely to experience, but not every leak is a plumbing emergency. When leaks can be stopped by shutting off the water to a single appliance or contained in a bucket until business hours, it is safe to delay calling for plumbing repair until a later time. However, if a leak is causing major flooding and property damage and you must turn off your water main or shut off water to an appliance you absolutely need, it’s a job for your 24-hour plumber to handle immediately.

Sewer Backups

Sewer backups are not only a significant inconvenience, they can cause extensive property damage and pose a serious risk to your health, as well. Because sewer backups can render your entire plumbing system unable to drain properly, they should be addressed quickly by a professional to restore the function of your drains, appliances, and fixtures. While a minor sewer clog that still allows for some drainage may be manageable until business hours, you should always call for emergency plumbing assistance if you experience a major sewer backup that renders your plumbing unusable due to a blocked sewer line.

If you are facing a plumbing problem that needs attention immediately, you can reach a 24-hour plumber at many ARS/Rescue Rooter branches, via our website for fast and effective repairs to halt property damage and eliminate inconvenience. You can also check out the rest of our blog for further plumbing tips and information to help you quickly solve problems and prevent some of the most common plumbing emergencies from affecting your home.

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