A plumbing emergency can make even the most level-headed person panic. They are never convenient, and the best way to help prevent them from occurring is to keep your plumbing system properly maintained. As a homeowner, you have to know what the most common plumbing issues are; otherwise, how can you be prepared…
Here are the six most common plumbing emergencies that we encounter at Best Home Services, and what you can do to prevent them!
- An Overflowing Toilet
- Clogged Drain
- Burst Pipes
- Leaky Fixtures
- Sewer Backup
- Water Heater Malfunction
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#1. An Overflowing Toilet
A clogged and overflowing toilet is one of the most common plumbing issues. Using a plunger can often help fix a clogged drain before it overflows, but it cannot fix any underlying issues that are causing the overflow.
If your toilet begins to overflow, avoid using any of the plumbing throughout your home until a plumber diagnoses the cause of the backed-up toilet. It is best to call a plumber as soon as possible to help avoid the water damage that a toilet overflow can cause.
#2. Clogged Drain
A severely clogged sink drain, whether in the kitchen, or shower, can prevent the flow of water and cause a plumbing emergency. Clogged sinks are often caused by grease, hair, or other debris that should never be put down the drain.
Usually, you can unclog a sink with a drain snake or plunger, but if that doesn’t help, don’t use any chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage your pipes.
Instead, call a professional plumber from Best Home Services to clear your drains properly and address the problem at the source.
No matter the time of day, our team is on call to help you with any plumbing emergencies! Call us to fix the issue ASAP; 844-921-2833!
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#3. Burst Pipes
Excessive water pressure that builds up close to a pipe’s weak connection causes burst pipes. The pipe could break, resulting in the failure of plumbing appliances like a faucet or toilet.
You may hear a loud “popping” sound when the pipe bursts, but many homeowners are unaware when a burst occurs until a fixture fails, or water damage occurs. Depending on the severity of the pipe damage, a pipe burst can cause significant water damage, so if you notice any of the above signs, turn off your water and call a plumber immediately.
#4. Leaky Fixtures
A leaking fixture can significantly increase your water bill and cause a whole host of other problems such as rust, and mildew in your pipes due to standing water. Don’t let a leak go unfixed! Make sure to maintain your home by fixing or replacing any old or damaged fixtures.
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#5. Sewer Backup
The most common type of sewage backup is caused by clogged pipes, which are often clogged due to toilet paper, hair, and grease.
If you have multiple clogs, gurgling toilets, or notice any foul odors coming from your house’s drains, you may have a sewage issue in the works. Don’t let it get to the point of backup! Get your plumbing system inspected and fixed as soon as possible.
#6. Water Heater Malfunction
Many things can indicate a water heater malfunction including discolored water, strange smells when your water is running, and most commonly—a lack of hot water. If you notice any of these signs, call a plumber immediately to prevent a catastrophic breakdown and potential water damage.
When a water heater is faulty, a significant leak can occur, causing hundreds of gallons of water to drain from the tank. Or you may notice a small leak that worsens over time, with the water heater ultimately failing to heat your water.
Maintenance is an important factor in the longevity of your water heater, and we recommend having it checked annually by an experienced plumber to ensure that it is working properly.
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Whether your toilet is overflowing due to a clog, or your water heater has failed at your Southwest Florida home, our team at Best Home Services is on call 24/7 to fix the issue and ensure that your plumbing system is working properly.