In some situations, you should not wait around for a plumber. If you experience a sudden pipe burst or notice an appliance leaking, such as your washer, you should call a plumber right away. There are various plumbers that offer 24/7 emergency services. So, whether it is two in the morning or noon, contact a plumber right away if you run into one of the following problems.
An Overflowing Toilet
When your toilet is overflowing, it’s likely because of a clogged drain. The first thing you should do is turn off the toilet’s water supply to prevent further damage. If you can’t find the water supply or if you’re not able to turn it off, you should call a plumber as soon as possible. A toilet that won’t stop overflowing can cause serious damage to your bathroom. And if the bathroom is on a second floor, the water could seep through the ceiling and leak onto the floor below.
A pipe could burst for various reasons – freezing water, corrosion, or higher water pressure. As soon as you notice the pipe burst, you should shut off your water. Do not attempt to fix the pipe yourself. You should, however, try to clean up the water to prevent damage to your home. Once you can get the water to stop leaking, call a professional plumbing company to repair the pipe. The plumber can determine if there’s a larger issue than you are aware of and inspect your entire plumbing system.
A Leaking Water Heater
A puddle building up near your water heater is a good indication that there is a leak. The problem is, it’s often hard to identify where the leak is coming from. Sometimes the leak is at the top of the heater and the water trickles down, making it look like the leak is coming from the bottom. Further, the leak could come from various parts of the heather: the drain valve, the tank, or the pressure relief valve. A leaking water heater can flood your basement or boiler room if you do not get it fixed timely. Because of the severity of a leaking water heater, do not try to fix it yourself.
Severe Drain Clogs
Where it’s your kitchen, bathroom, skin, or shower drain, a severe clog can back up your plumbing system. You could try to fix the clog yourself using a snake or drain cleaner solution. If you attempt a DIY solution, you should be careful not to damage your pipes. Not using the right chemical cleaner can worsen the clogged drain.
Raw Sewage Backup
A raw sewage backup is not only gross, but it also signifies a serious issue within your plumbing system. In some cases, it could be affecting only one toilet, for example. But if you notice sewage backup coming into all the toilets and bathtubs inside your home, there could be a clog in the main sewer line. In most cases, the sewage will overflow on the lowest level of your house, such as your basement.