Whether it is in the middle of the night, on a weekend, or smack dab in the midst of holiday dinner, you never know when a plumbing situation is going to come up or simply when you will notice there is a problem. You may think that determining a plumbing emergency would be a pretty black and white decision to make. However, when it comes to plumbing and emergency situations with your water, there can be a lot of gray, or undecided, space in your observations. There are a few questions you should ask to decide if you should truly call on a plumber for help or just wait until regular hours of operation.
How pertinent is the affected plumbing component to your home?
If you live in a three-bathroom home and your guest bathroom happens to come down with a bad case of clogged drainage in the sink, you could just use the other bathrooms in the house. Likewise, if your dishwasher lien suddenly springs a leak, you could just opt not to use it until business hours roll back around.
If it is impossible to avoid using the affected plumbing, you have a plumbing emergency on your hands and should definitely call on a plumber for help.
Can You Make the Water Stop Flowing?
Whether you have a toilet that continuously leaks and refills, a busted line to your washing machine, or a flowing faucet that will not stop, you have to consider the fact that most modern plumbing fixtures do have shut off valves.
Take a look under the sink, at the base of the toilet, and even at the water lines leading into your washer as they almost always have a valve to allow shutoff in emergencies. If you do not have these valves, the only way to make the water stop flowing would be to turn off the water main to the house, which would be an emergency situation.
If you left the plumbing issue alone, would it cause water damage?
If you have water coming into your home through a faucet and then slipping down the drain, there is little chance that this excess water will cause any harm other than to your water usage. However, if you have a line busted somewhere other than over a drain and it is saturating even a small part of your home, such as a wall or baseboard, this would be reason to call on an emergency plumber for help.
It is perfectly normal for unexpected plumbing emergencies to happen and when they do, it is easy to find help with a professional who will be happy to check out the issue. However, it is always a good idea to make sure your plumbing issue is truly an emergency.Share
8 April 2015
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.