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If you are like most people, you don’t think about the plumbing system in your home when it is working correctly. If the water comes out of the faucet, it gets hot, and it flows down the drain freely, your plumbing is the furthest thing from your mind. It is when your plumbing system stops working correctly that things around the house can get difficult. Some plumbing issues can wait until you can get an appointment with a plumber; however, there are some plumbing issues that are considered emergencies and would require emergency plumbing service.
The plumbing system in your home is a very complex system. Therefore, it is not a good idea to make plumbing repairs, even emergency ones, a DIY project. If you notice any of the following issues, it is essential that you contact a professional for service right away.
#1 Completely Clogged Drains
Slow drains can be annoying, but a slow drain isn’t considered an emergency. If the drain is completely clogged and the water won’t go down, that is an emergency. Until the clog is cleared, you won’t be able to use the sink or tub at all. This can make things around the house very difficult and extremely inconvenient. When you call for emergency plumbing service, the plumber will give you a drain snake to remove the clog. In some cases, they will put a camera down the drain so that they can see what is causing the clog. This is also very helpful in making sure that whatever was causing the clog is completely gone.
#2 Clogged Toilet
A clogged toilet is a real nuisance. In many cases, plunging the toilet will remove the clog, making it possible to flush again. If your plunger doesn’t work, you will need to call for emergency plumbing service. A clogged toilet is considered an emergency because you won’t be able to use it until the clog is removed. If you have just one bathroom in your home, it is even more of an emergency. The sooner you call a plumber for emergency plumbing service, the sooner you can start using your toilet again.
#3 No Hot Water
If you don’t have hot water, you won’t be able to wash your hands, take a shower, do your dishes, and run any appliance that uses hot water. Because having no hot water can be so inconvenient, it is considered an emergency situation. The problem likely lies within your water heater and would require emergency plumbing service. Any type of water heater repair should not be a DIY project. If you make just one mistake, it could result in a complete and permanent breakdown. Also, if your water heater is under warranty, trying to repair it yourself will void the warranty. It is best to leave any water heater repairs to a licensed plumber.
#4 Leaky Water Heater
If you notice moisture around your water heater, you should call for emergency plumbing service immediately. Your water heater holds 100 gallons or more of water. If there is a hole in the water heater, it can cause the entire contents of the heater to flood into your home. The moisture could also be due to a broken or clogged hose. If you ignore the problem, it can cause mold to grow in the area.
Most people keep their water heaters hidden away out of sight. Some are in the basement, and others are stored away in a closet. Because leaky water heaters can cause extensive damage to the structure of your home, it is a good idea to inspect the area around the water heater regularly.
#5 Frozen Pipes
During very cold days, it is not uncommon for the pipes in your Pinehurst, NC, home to freeze. If it is really cold outside and there is no water coming out of the faucet, there is a good chance that the pipes are frozen. This is considered a plumbing emergency and would require immediate emergency plumbing service. When the water freezes, it expands. This can cause the pipes to burst. If this happens, it can cause a major flood in your home. To keep this from happening, you will need to call an emergency plumber to quickly and safely thaw out the pipes. Because plumbers have the knowledge and expertise that you don’t, it is best to leave the job to a licensed plumber and make the emergency call immediately.
#6 Sewer Backup
A sewer system backup is a plumbing nightmare. There are a few obvious signs that your sewer system is backing up. If multiple drains in your home are clogged, there is a good chance that the sewer is to blame. The same is true if you smell sewage odors coming from the drains. A few other signs include water pooling in the basement or the yard and gurgling sounds coming from the drains and toilet. A sewer system backup can be inconvenient, messy, and very expensive. As soon as you suspect that your sewer system is backed up, you should call an emergency plumber.
If you are experiencing any type of plumbing emergency, contact Pride Plumbing. We have been serving homeowners and business owners in Pinehurst, NC, and the surrounding areas since 1965. We understand that plumbing emergencies at any time of the day or night. This is why we provide emergency service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are having a plumbing issue that cannot wait and is considered an emergency, we will send one of our licensed and insured plumbers to your home so that the problem can be resolved immediately. If you wait too long to make the call for emergency plumbing service, it can end up costing you more money and can cause serious destruction to the structure of your home. To schedule an appointment for an emergency plumbing service, give us a call today.