3 Common Plumbing Emergencies in Homes

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What constitutes a plumbing emergency? Any plumbing problem that causes water damage to your property demands immediate attention. Issues that impact your health or drain your wallet also require prompt action. Here are three of the most common emergencies that professional plumbers encounter on a routine basis.

Toilet Malfunctions

From clogs and leaks to broken components, anything that makes your toilet unusable is a real emergency. Even problems that seem relatively minor can drain your pocketbook. If your toilet sounds like it’s running long after you flush it, resolving the issue quickly can save you a bundle of money. In the average home, toilets account for around 30 percent of water usage. A constantly running toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water each day.

Undetected Leaks

When it comes to plumbing, it’s the problems you don’t know about that pose the greatest risk to your property. Leaks dripping away in your walls or under your floors can damage the building’s structural integrity. They also provide a source of water for pests ranging from rats and mice to cockroaches. If you can’t account for an increase in water usage, the chances are good that you have an undetected leak. Professional leak detection services can quickly identify sources of water waste. Signing up for a plumbing protection plan can prevent problems that are associated with undetected leaks.

Burst Pipes

A pipe burst can occur due to corrosion. This is a plumbing issue that you should take seriously. If you notice a loud popping sound, that’s a sign that your pipe has burst. A pipe burst can cause significant water damage in your home. You should turn off your water and call a plumber right away to repair your pipes.

Clogged Toilets

Another common plumbing emergency is a clogged toilet. Flushing paper towels and napkins down the toilet can clog your toilet. You should refrain from using drain cleaning products to remedy the issue. They can make the issue worse. Using a toilet plunger can usually unclog your toilet, but sometimes you need to call your local plumber if you can’t fix the issue. A plumbing professional will have the tools to quickly and efficiently unclog your toilet.

Clogged Drains

A slow-draining sink or bathtub might not seem like that big of a deal, but it’s only a matter of time before the fixture clogs up altogether. Unlike supply lines that deliver water under pressure, drainage pipes rely on gravity to move wastewater into the sewage lines. Clogs bring the process to a halt. Pipes exposed to standing water are likely to develop leaks that allow the toxic water to seep out. Timely plumbing services can help safeguard your property and your health.

When dealing with plumbing emergencies, it’s critical to partner with professional plumbers who can ensure your pipes, drains and fixtures operate properly. Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning has licensed plumbers and a proven record of service. Call today to schedule a plumbing repair.

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