When it rains, it pours.
And when your plumbing gets a kink, it also often pours too: from your overflowing toilet or your leaky under-sink pipes. If you’ve had to call the plumber in desperate need of help with a plumbing emergency, you’re not alone! It’s estimated that an average US family of four goes through approximately 400 gallons of water every day! That’s a lot of water gushing through your pipes. Something is bound to go wrong eventually!
Here are some of the most common plumbing emergencies that we get called for!
It can happen while you’re brushing your teeth or doing the after-supper dishes. Suddenly, even though you pulled out the plug, the water won’t drain. A slow clog is a problem, but a complete blockage is an emergency that needs to be fixed ASAP.
This one is panic-inducing. It’s happened to everyone: you flush the toilet and the water goes UP, not down. An overflowing toilet is a sewage nightmare. Since your toilet is probably the most-used fixture in your home, it gets some serious wear and tear and is prone to issues. Your toilet may refuse to flush, start making odd noises or spring a leak. Whatever the issue, it can be a real headache until it’s set right; call a plumber to get your toilet back to working order fast.
Clogged Shower and Bath Drains
If you look down during your shower and you’re ankle-deep in water, you might be dealing with a clogged drain. Another indication is a very slow-draining bath or a strange gurgling sound when the water heads down into your drainpipe. The most common culprit? A buildup of hair, soap scum, and other debris.
Ah, the dreaded drip drip drip that taunts you all night long! Although a constantly running or dripping faucet (or toilet) is very annoying, it’s also a serious issue. That constant dripping can lead to rust forming or mould and mildew development. Not to mention padding your water bills!
Leaky Washing Machine Hose
Washing machines work almost as hard as toilets do, and are normally very sturdy and durable. However, their weakest link is the hose that runs behind them, responsible for all that water gushing in and out. If your washing machine hose is bulging, cracked or leaking, have it looked at by a professional and changed immediately, otherwise you’ll be looking at rust and mold taking over.
Leaky Water Heater
This one is a biggie. If you notice leaks in your hot water tank, it could be a leaky valve. While those are easily replaced, neglecting this kind of leak will make your hot water bill skyrocket and possibly cause some serious water damage to your property. Leaks might also be an indication that the wall of your water heater has rusted through. Unfortunately, the only thing that can be done in that situation is to replace the entire system. It may be costly but will cost less than a wall breach and extensive property damage.
No Hot Water
What a nightmare, am I right? There are very few things as miserable and disappointing as hopping into a shower only to be hit with cold water midway through. Your water heater may be malfunctioning, there could be a plumbing leak, or the ice-cold shower may be caused by an electrical problem. Whichever way you slice it, you’ll need to call in a plumber to have a look and fix the issue. Unless you enjoy a frosty shower, that is.
Sewer System Backup
We bet we had you at “sewer”. If a foul odor is emanating from your drains, if all your drains seem to suddenly be clogged up, if your toilets are gurgling or if–man alive!–there is filthy water pooling in your basement…you probably have a backed-up sewer system. This awful problem is messy, costly, and always inconvenient. Call a professional plumber swiftly to avoid making a bad situation worse.
Broken Water Lines
Sudden drops in water pressure or soggy spots in your yard can indicate that your water line has been damaged. You may also start getting contamination with your water source. Tree roots, unfortunate mishaps while digging backyard gardens or Acts of God like an earthquake can all result in your water line being damaged or severed. You need to remedy this issue fast!
In an ideal world, every piece of your plumbing would work together seamlessly and without a hitch forever and ever. Unfortunately, accidents happen, parts age and malfunctions crop up sometimes. Whatever the issue, your friendly neighborhood plumber is ready and waiting for an emergency phone call to swoop in and help set things right!
If something is amiss in your plumbing and you need help quickly, Johnson Plumbing can help. We are available for all your plumbing emergencies, 24/7. From residential plumbing to commercial systems, we do it all! Give us a shout and we’ll figure out how we can put our expertise and experience to work for you.