What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies are more common than you might think. Just like planning for an earthquake or a tornado in certain parts of the country, you need to be ready just in case a plumbing emergency happens. In this blog, our plumbing pros will explain how you can avoid the worst outcomes by having a plan when your plumbing fails.

What is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

Not all plumbing problems should be treated as an emergency. A small clog can wait a few days. A dripping faucet should be fixed sooner rather than later, but doesn’t require a visit from our plumbers in the middle of the night. However, rather than list all the plumbing problems that aren’t an emergency, we’ll explain the ones that definitely are!

Sewer Backup

A sewer backup is one of the worst things that can happen to your plumbing. It’s absolutely disgusting, so you’d be right to guess that it is a definite plumbing emergency.

Your plumbing has two main purposes. One is to bring water in and the other is to take water and waste out. A sewer line is responsible for that second one. It takes water and waste away from your home and further along with the sewage system. A sewer backup is when all the gross stuff in the line goes the wrong way. You can probably tell why this is a major emergency!

Here are some causes and signs that a sewer line might happen to you.

  • Tree roots can penetrate your sewer line and cause major clogs. In their search for water, your sewer line isn’t impenetrable. A searching tree root can and will get in there, so be aware if you have a lot of trees on your property.

  • Environmental factors can also impact your pipes. Earthquakes are one example. A deep freeze of the soil can also damage your pipes.

  • A severe enough clog can cause a sewer backup. Some clogs just slow drains or prevent further flow. Some are severe enough that waste from the sewer line can backup into your home.

  • Occasionally, there could be an issue with the larger citywide system that can cause a sewer backup inside your home, but this is fairly unlikely.

Most of these things are preventable! While you can’t control a strange weather event or an issue within the municipal sewer system, these are by far the most unlikely to occur at all. If you are aware of the trees on your property and make sure you use your sewer lines correctly, you shouldn’t have to worry about root issues or clogs. Regular maintenance can also help to spot these issues before they become an emergency!

Gas Leaks

Many people do not know that plumbers often respond to gas leaks. In many ways, the infrastructure of gas functions the exact same way as water in your pipes. If you suspect a gas leak, call the fire department and your local gas company to turn off the supply to your home first. Once it’s safe to go inside, give our team a call so we can repair the leak.

If you’re not sure if you have a gas leak, here are some symptoms to be aware of!

  • Physical symptoms from a gas leak include unexplained headaches, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

  • Environmental signs include browning grass or dying plants, and the smell of sulfur.

Water Heater Leaks

Most water leaks are small and can wait a day or two before you fix them. Water heaters are a definite exception. While you could put it off, most people really can’t stand being without hot water for more than a day or two. You’ll definitely have to turn the system off if you have a leak because you’ll be wasting water and fuel if you don’t! So, give us a call if your water heater is leaking, and we’ll come to fix it!

For more information on our HVAC and plumbing services, contact Total Comfort Solutions, LLC at (509) 956-4764 or fill out an online contact form!

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