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Emergency Plumbing

All of us either have, or will have to handle a plumbing emergency at some point in our lives, so while you may be wallowing in self-pity asking “why me?”, the real question to ask yourself is ‘what now’?

What Counts As Emergency Plumbing

While a plumbing emergency isn’t exactly one-size-fits-all, there can be many tell-tale signs of a plumbing emergency. Essentially a plumbing emergency is any plumbing-related issue that can cause damage to a property or its inhabitants.
A few identifying signs of a plumbing emergency that we will go over are as follows; low or no water pressure, water not heating properly, an overflowing toilet. If your emergency does not fit any of these descriptions but you still believe could be hazardous for you or your property never hesitate to call an emergency plumber or your property management if applicable.

Low Or No Water Pressure

A case of low water pressure, or no water pressure, should be very easy to identify while the source of the issue may be much more elusive. If water is just barely coming out of your faucet, or not at all, then you too have been affected by this common issue, but what can you do about it?
Start by identifying all of the places that your water pressure is dampened, you can do this by going through your home and turning on all the faucets to see how strong the pressure is in each room of the house. If all of your faucets are weakened then you could have a leaky or frozen pipe. In this case, try to track down where the source of the issue is or hire a professional to do so. If only one faucet has low pressure first try cleaning the screen before seeking a professional.

Water Not Heating Properly

If your water is running but you can’t get it warm enough to have a bath or even comfortably wash your hands there may be an issue with your plumbing’s heating system. This is usually a problem that can be resolved in a matter of minutes. First, check the breaker switch for the water heater in your fuse panel to ensure it hasn’t been tripped, if it has simply flick it into the off position and back on again. If the breaker hasn’t been tripped, the issue could be with the heating element for your water heater, in this case, it’s best to call a professional to test, and potentially replace the bad element.

Overflowing Toilet

This common inconvenience is typically a result of one of three things; a clogged drain, malfunctioning float, or blocked vent pipe. The first of which is the most common, this issue can usually be resolved with a plunger, but sometimes can require a “snake” in which case it’s probably best to call a plumber. Next, fixing a malfunctioning float can sometimes be as simple as wiggling the flush handle or removing the lid on the back of the toilet to investigate the issue further. Lastly, a blocked vent pipe can be tricky business that may require cutting or adding to pipes so best to call a plumber for this matter as well.

Last Resort For Plumbing Emergencies

Never hesitate to call a professional regardless of the matter if you’re not sure it qualifies as a plumbing emergency, better to be safe than sorry as the saying goes. There is no shortage of plumbing service providers, many of which are 24/7 so feel free to call day or night to keep you and your property safe.

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