When Do You Need To Call An Emergency Plumbing Service

There are some plumbing repairs that don't need to be done immediately, such as a dripping faucet or a slow drain. While these and other minor plumbing issues can be irritating and increase your water bills over time, they don't qualify as plumbing emergencies.

However, for plumbing issues that threaten to cause immediate substantial damage to your home or threaten the lives and health of your family, you need to call an emergency plumbing service. Hesitating because emergency services often cost more may result in far more expensive costs if an issue is not remedied in a timely manner.

What types of repairs qualify as plumbing emergencies?

Burst water pipes

Unlike drain pipes, supply pipes are pressurized to deliver water to your faucets. When a drain pipe bursts, it empties only the water that is contained inside the pipe. 

However, supply pipes deliver an endless supply of water from the main service line to your home. A burst supply pipe can easily flood a portion of your home in a short time.

This can cause extensive property damage as well as expose your family to the threat of electrocution if the water reaches electrical outlets. It can also create an environment for mold to grow, which can affect the health of family members with allergies or weakened immune systems.

What should you do if a supply pipes bursts?

You must immediately find the nearest valve to the supply pipe. If no valve can be found nearby, you must turn off the main valve to the entire home, which is located near your water meter. Turn it clockwise until it will no longer turn, then call an emergency plumbing service.

Backed up sewer

If an odorous black sludge begins to rise up from your sink or tub drains, your sewer line is clogged. You must immediately refrain from using any faucets or flushing toilets, because this will add waste water to the drain line and exacerbate  the problem. You must then call an emergency plumber or drain and sewer service.

This sewer sludge may contain dangerous bacteria such as e-coli, which can cause serious, and possibly life-threatening illness. Dangerous sewer gases may also enter your home from your sewer line. 

In addition, this material leafs a terrible smell in your home and may leave stands that are difficult to eradicate.

Broken gas line or gas leak

If you smell gas and/or strike and break a gas line, you must get all family members to leave the home immediately and call the local utility company that supplies your natural gas. They will come to shut off the gas at the meter.

Don't call an emergency plumber or HVAC service company until after the gas has been shut off by your local utility provider. You can then arrange for repairs to be done by a plumbing company or an HVAC service provider

For more information, contact Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning or a similar company.