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When Is a Plumbing Problem an Emergency?

Some people find it challenging to decide whether a plumbing issue is true emergency. When you see damage from a plumbing issue and you can’t handle it on your own, that typically means you have an emergency going on. 

At the same time, residential and commercial property owners are often reluctant to contact a 24-hour plumber, especially at night or on the weekends. These plumbers are used to answering calls at all hours and can help you right when you need it. Keep reading to learn more about what situations are considered plumbing emergencies.

Water Leaks

Not all water leaks are emergencies but if the leak is substantial, you need to reach out to a plumber. Water leaks can affect the integrity of your home and create mold and mildew, which is hazardous to human health. 

Some water leaks can also be fire hazards if the water reaches any wiring. If you aren’t sure whether the situation is an emergency, it’s best to assume it is and proceed to get some help.

Burst Pipes

Burst or damaged pipes can create flooding if not handled quickly. Flooding can create structural issues and a burst pipe can pump gallons of water into the home in a short period. This can cause damage to furniture, flooring, walls, and ceilings. 

Turning off the main water supply is a good start but always bring in professionals to help with solving the issue.

Sagging Ceilings

Water stains may be seen on the ceiling after a leak has been present for a while. It means water has soaked into the area for quite a bit of time. 

Along with discoloration, you may experience sagging ceilings. This could lead to total collapse, so you need a plumber as quickly as possible. Waiting could result in total disaster so do not risk it.

Overflowing Toilets

Overflowing toilets can be used by damaged float mechanisms, clogged pipes, and other things. No matter what causes it, it’s a huge issue. You can try a plunger first, but if that doesn’t work, it’s time to bring in a professional. Your water main may need to be turned off until a solution is located.

If you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, you need professional assistance right away. Even if your plumbing issue can wait, an expert can help you get things back to normal in your home. No matter which situation you are in, the professionals at Open Drains are here to help. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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