Types of Plumbing Emergencies & How to Deal with Them

One can face a plumbing emergency at any time during any season! Whenever a plumbing emergency arises, our first reaction is to panic. We worry we won't find a reliable plumber in time to prevent the damage. It is such an issue for which we generally don't have any backup but if we take some precautions then we may notice the issue earlier and decide whether we ourselves can fix it or need to call a plumber before the emergency occurs.

Every homeowner has a few essential tools to take care of minor plumbing emergencies but sometimes this plumbing emergency can be expensive and inconvenient, too! Moreover, if you don't know the exact plumbing problem then you can't fix that plumbing problem. Let's have a look at what all types of plumbing problems you may encounter and ways we can fix those issues.

Broken Water Pipe

High water pressure, corrosion or change in temperature – anything can be the reason for your broken pipe. Small leaks can go unnoticed for long times, therefore causing more serious damage but pipes can break due to age also. Poor water quality and stained walls are the first signs you will see when there is a pipe leak. If you have a broken pipe, then turning off the main water valve is your first step to stop internal flooding within your home/business and don't wait too long to call a professional plumber.

Blockage in Sewer Line

If you notice water pooling around the basement floor drain, bad sewage odors coming out from the drains or gurgling toilets then you may have a clogged-up sewage line which can be messy and inconvenient. This is when you call a professional to inspect the line to avoid severe damage to your property.

Clogged Toilet & Sink

We all know that kitchen sinks are most prone to clogging because of food and grease particles. If your kitchen sink refuses to drain when you are doing your dishes then it is really annoying. Use a dustbin and buy sink strainers to keep messy substances from washing down the drain and blocking the pipes. Soap scum and hair build-up are the reason for a clogged bathroom drain and if your toilet makes strange noises or refuses to flush then there is a problem. Severe issues will definitely slow down your daily activities and sometimes it becomes a reason for health hazards too. So if you want to keep your toilet in a working state then be kind to your toilet. Avoid flushing diapers, feminine hygiene products down your toilet and avoid letting leftover food down your sink's drain as it will slowly wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Wipes are also a big problem, just because they are flushable doesn't mean you should flush them. The wipes don't break down for months. They get caught on roots, jagged pipe cages, and plug up city treatment plants.

Water Heater Leak

Your aged water heater can develop a leak and it can be difficult to identify the root of the leak. Rumbling noises and rusty water are common signs that let you know your water heater needs to be checked. If the valve is the issue it can be easily replaced, however, if the inner wall of your water heater is affected then you need to buy a new water heater to overcome the problem. You can replace the anode rod in a water heater to slow down the corrosion inside the water tank.

Plumbing issues can damage your home fast so don't underestimate even a small leak. Plan regular maintenance, call licensed and insured plumbers for inspection, use premium parts whenever a replacement takes place so that it does not cost you much in the long run and opt for a professional plumbing service only from a company that offer high-quality service and warranty like us. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing proudly serves commercial and residential properties in Chardon, Ohio and surrounding areas. Call a professional it's much cheaper than hiring an amateur!