What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing Emergency

How many of us love when things go along as scheduled? No one likes it when the unexpected happens. That’s why it’s important to expect the unexpected! While it is an old saying, it has some real merit. The best way to meet an unusual problem is to have prepared for it in advance. With that said, we want to prepare you, so you know exactly what to do in a plumbing emergency because no one expects one to happen yet they do every day around the country!

When Do I Hit the Panic Button?

Sometimes, problems just aren’t worth getting worked up over. Not every plumbing issue requires immediate attention. So what are the problems that require a plumber to address right away. Essentially, what are the issues that require you to put your emergency preparations to the test.

Sewer Backup

So what is a sewer backup? You probably know that the sewer system is the part of plumbing that takes wastewater away from your home. A backup is simply when the sewage goes in the opposite direction and starts to go into your home. It’s a pretty scary and disgusting thought! You definitely don’t want this to happen to you if you can avoid it. So, before we get into what you should do in this situation, let’s talk about the ways you can prevent a sewer backup in the first place. Be mindful of all of these causes because it only takes one to cause a major plumbing problem for you.

  • Water-loving tree roots sneak their way into your sewer lines and cause a clog.

  • Major damage to your home’s sewer lines can trigger a backup.

  • A small clog can turn into a larger one that can cause a backup if left untreated.

  • A problem or a clog in the municipal system can cause a backup into your house.

The best way to be prepared for a sewer backup problem is to prevent one from ever happening in the first place! If you think you may be at risk for one of these problems mention it when you receive your normal plumbing maintenance!

If you’re unable to prevent one from happening to you, call your plumber right away and shut off your water if you can. After that try to get the damage confined to one area. If possible, you can try to dry out the area before your plumber comes as well.

Gas Leak

It seems that each example gets worse! Remember that plumbers don’t just work on water pipes. Gas lines work in much the same way, so many plumbers including ourselves do work with gas lines. Unlike a water leak, a gas leak can be deadly for the members of your family. If you can notice a problem before it gets too widespread and starts to impact everyone in your household that is definitely the way to go.

Be aware of these signs and evacuate immediately if you suspect that these symptoms were caused by a gas leak in your home.

  • Medical/Physical symptoms include headaches, nausea, fatigue and difficulty breathing. If these symptoms are manifesting in your home and there is no other great explanation it may be a gas leak.

  • Other signs include dying houseplants and the smell of sulfur.

Gas leaks are very serious. If you suspect even a little bit that you have damaged gas lines, you need to evacuate from your home and potentially turn off your gas line if you are able to do so.

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