Imagine coming home from a long day at work to find your bathroom flooded. Unfortunately, plumbing problems don’t wait for the ideal time to give you grief. While some issues can wait until morning, there are a few that require the immediate attention of an emergency plumber.
Knowing the difference between a plumbing problem and a plumbing emergency is critical for homeowners. Plumbing problems rise to an emergency level when they threaten the integrity of your home or put your family at risk. These are situations when paying a premium for immediate plumbing expertise is in your best interest.
When to Call an Emergency Plumber
A general rule to remember is: if there’s a risk of flooding or a lack of running water for an extended period of time, call an emergency plumber. At Forrest Anderson, we offer 24/7 Emergency Plumbing Repair. We know plumbing emergencies happen outside of business hours and we’re standing by to resolve your plumbing issues.
The following three examples are reasons that may require you to call an emergency plumber. This list doesn’t include every plumbing emergency.
If you’ve ever had a sewer line backup, you know this is the very definition of a plumbing emergency. When this emergency happens, raw sewage sits at the backup point and can cause physical damage to your home. Backed up sewage can be a health problem for your family as well. If you have a sewer backup, it’s time to call an emergency plumber.
An overflowing toilet is another plumbing problem that no homeowner wants to deal with. In addition to flooding your bathroom, the dirty water can pose a sanitary issue for you and your family.
Often, a clog in the toilet or pipe leads to an overflowing toilet. The first step to fixing it is to shut off the water to the toilet. If you aren’t sure what to do next or you can’t stop your toilet from overflowing, it’s time to call an emergency plumber.
Even if you suspect the problem may simply be too much toilet paper, it’s still a good idea to have a plumber come out and assess the situation. You may think you can just shut off the water and wait for normal business hours, but if you’ve misdiagnosed the issue and things take a turn, you may find yourself in a worse situation.
Another plumbing issue that can lead to physical damage to your home is a burst pipe. Unlike the first two issues, the water flowing from the pipe is clean and most likely not a health risk. However, repairing a burst pipe is a significant project and requires the expertise of a professional emergency plumber. Once they arrive, they can inspect the scene and quickly fix your pipe, allowing you to get your home’s water running as soon as possible.
Although there aren’t too many nights below freezing in the Valley, pipes do occasionally freeze. Sometimes, this leads to a burst pipe. If you suspect your pipes may be frozen, call a plumber to schedule an inspection. Even if the water is thawed, the damage may lead to cracks and leaks.
Call a Trusted Emergency Plumber
Whether it’s your home or business, a plumbing emergency can be a dirty, dangerous, and unhealthy problem. If you have a plumbing emergency, day or night, you can trust that Forrest Anderson’s team of experienced plumbers will be there to fix the problem quickly and thoroughly.