Beware of These Potential Plumbing Emergencies
Perhaps the best way to keep your mind at ease about your home’s plumbing system is to have an emergency plumber’s number ready for whenever you might need it. Knowing you can reach out to a trusted, licensed professional if a disaster strikes your home’s plumbing system is one of those things you’ll hope you will never need but will be glad to have it if you do!
Remember, no matter what type of plumbing problem you have, whether an emergency or not, you should not attempt to repair it on your own. It’s particularly crucial that you leave emergency service to the pros, who can act fast and get the job done right. Our team has dealt with many plumbing emergencies throughout the years, and we’ve put together a guideline of some of the more common ones you might run into, below.
This is, understandably, something you never want to see in your home. Not only will you no longer have use of that toilet, but there is a potential for water damage and unhygienic situations. You can stop the toilet from overflowing in an emergency by turning off the valve on the feed line.
If there is no valve, you can open up the top of the toilet, and rig the chain in order to shut off the flow of water. Call our plumbers right away when this occurs, and in the meantime put down towels to absorb and contain as much water as possible.
Wedding Ring down the Drain
Yikes! We definitely understand the feeling of panic when something like this occurs. But in most cases, this isn’t actually as emergent as you may think. The ring very likely will have gotten stuck in the p-trap of the sink, and we can dismantle this section to retrieve it. However, do not run any water in the meantime as the water pressure can push the ring deeper down the pipe.
This can happen during a cold winter if your pipes freeze. The rise in pressure within the pipe because of the ice buildup can cause bursting and water escaping. Be sure you know where your main water line’s shut-off valve is to mitigate water damage as much as possible. And also, if you notice you have frozen pipes, please don’t try to thaw them on your own as you can unintentionally trigger the bursting and injure yourself.
Sewer Line Blockage
A single drain clog is frustrating, sure, and if you can’t get rid of it with a plunger or store-bought drain snake, you’ll need a plumber to do the job. This in itself is not typically an emergency situation. What is an emergency situation, however, is if you notice multiple drains have slowed or stopped up altogether.
This is a sign that you have a major problem deep down in the drainage system—potentially a blocked sewer line. Another possibility here is blocked drain vents—which is less serious but still definitely a problem. Be sure to contact our pros right away if you’re dealing with this.