There are different degrees of severity when it comes to a plumbing emergency. There are low-level threats like a leaking faucet or clogged toilet. Then, there are the high-level threats like a ruptured sewer main or a water heater that won’t work. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell when a problem is bad enough that you should call in the cavalry.
We want to help you figure that out. If you have any of the six following signs of emergency, give us a call right away. Chances are, we’ll be able to help prevent plumbing disaster.
1. Your drains aren’t working.
If the water in your sinks doesn’t drain or barely drains, then there must be a reason for it. Drain problems are usually the result of a clog somewhere down the line. Clogs most commonly happen when someone pours grease down a drain. Hair, soapy buildup, and other debris can also lodge themselves in pipes and create backup.
When a clog happens, the best way to fix it is to call in the pros. We can perform a professional drain cleaning on your whole drain system and clear any obstructions out for good.
2. There is no hot water coming from your fixtures.
Nobody wants to take a cold shower, especially not for multiple days in a row. No hot water means there’s a problem with your water heater. It could be due to sediment build-up, a pilot light burning out, or any number of other problems.
Whatever the cause, it’s definitely an emergency–unless you don’t mind freezing showers, dirty clothes, and unwashed dishes.
3. You have standing water.
Standing water means you have a leak that’s significant enough to lead to pooling. This leak could be coming from several different places. It could be around the base of your toilet, under your water heater, in your dishwasher, or somewhere else. Standing water damages to floors and walls, so you should always address it quickly.
4. A pipe has burst.
Severe temperature fluctuations, growing tree roots, or wear-and-tear can all burst pipes. If your home has a burst pipe, turn off your water immediately. Then, turn on your taps to clear water standing in the pipes. Never leave a burst pipe alone for any longer than you have to. Call us right away and we’ll figure out where the burst happened and how to fix it.
5. Your home smells like sewage.
If your home smells stinky, sewage may be seeping into your water supply. It could be backing up into your toilet tank or sitting inside your basement drains. No matter where it’s coming from, you should call in pros to find the problem and fix it. Raw sewage is unhygienic and dangerous, so don’t wait!
6. You have low water pressure throughout your whole home.
Low water pressure throughout your whole home is a sign of a big problem. When low water pressure is only a problem in one fixture, you can usually fix it by repairing the fixture itself. If it’s throughout your whole home, then you probably have a significant clog in your water main. Either way, low water pressure can make your fixture unusable or ineffective. Take care of it asap!
If you find yourself facing any of these problems, then your best option is to get in touch with the professionals at Ben Franklin Plumbing. We have emergency technicians on-call at all times of day or night. You’ll never have to wait too long to have your plumbing problems fixed right.