When you are unfortunate enough to encounter a plumbing emergency, you will need to respond quickly. Otherwise, you will find that your property suffers far more damage than necessary as a result. Here's a look at a few plumbing emergencies and how to react if they happen.
1. Pipe Ruptures
A pipe rupturing can be among the most damaging problems that a home can experience with its plumbing system. Within a matter of minutes, the ruptured pipe can result in vast amounts of water flowing into the home and causing major water damage. Once a pipe ruptures, you will need to quickly stop the flow of water and contact an emergency repair service. Homeowners that are not sure as to how to turn off the water supply to the home can be at a disadvantage when dealing with this damage as they may take much longer to turn off the water.
2. Sewer Line Clogs
Clogged sewer lines occur if the home drains are clogged. Unfortunately, this can be a problem that a homeowner can't address themselves because they don't have the necessary tools to be able to reach clogs that are especially deep in the sewer line. However, an emergency plumber will be able to quickly dislodge this clog so that the plumbing's functionality can be restored by using a specially designed auger that will be long enough to reach the clog regardless of where it is located in the sewer line. While being diligent to avoid putting substances that could clog this line down the drains, it will inevitably be a problem for most homes due to organic residues developing on the interior as they can eventually become large enough to obstruct the flow of water.
3. Water Heater Failure
The water heater can fail, which means the home won't get any hot water. Furthermore, it may even be actively leaking water out into the home. In these situations, it will be necessary to treat this as an emergency so that the home's water supply can be restored, and the risk of damage occurring being kept minimal. For example, it can be possible for the seals in the water line that supplies the water heater to rupture or crack, which could contribute to a lack of hot water and leaks forming. An emergency plumber will be able to address the water heater issues.
For more information or assistance, contact local emergency plumbing services.