From natural disasters to old plumbing acting up or an accidental “flush” from your toddler, you’re never ready for a plumbing emergency. When an emergency happens, the last thing you want to do is wait for a plumber. At Gilbert Plumbing & Mechanical, you won’t have to since we understand you need working plumbing ASAP.
Types of Plumbing Emergencies
As stated above, there are a variety of emergency plumbing services for which to call a plumber. Here are some more than warrants an emergency call.
Water Fails to Turn Off or On
Extremely Hot Water
Water hot enough to cause burns signify a problem with your water heating settings. It’s best to keep the water temperature no higher than 120 degrees, so as not to scald someone – especially if you have small children.
Winter is notorious for causing frozen pipes. If you suddenly lose pressure in your plumbing or you hear water gushing from outside, chances are your pipes froze and burst to the expansion of ice. Unfortunately, water won’t stop running until we come out and replace the busted pipe.
Since low-flowing toilets have become the norm to reduce water usage, there are more issues with toilets becoming clogged. We all know the three P’s of flushing: pee, poo, and paper – that’s it. If a curious child tries flushing anything else, it will result in your toilet overflowing.
Stopped-up Sink Drain
It’s imperative to avoid dumping fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the sink; however, you can’t always control what others dump. If using a plunger doesn’t clear material, you may need a snake or auger.
Leaks can spring from the joint or pipe; thus, you should contact a plumber ASAP so you can minimize water damage. It may be simple as just tightening the joint with a wrench, taking caution you don’t loosen another pipe, or using a rubber patch.
Sump Pump Failure
The pump may not be getting enough electricity or could have a defective float switch. Thermal overload could also be the result of a pump that’s been running for an extended time.
Water Heater Malfunction
A leaking tank, water that has a strange color or odor, or water too hot or too cold, and noises coming from the water heater, could all contribute to a water heater malfunction. It’s best to contact a plumber in this case.
What Should I do If I Have a Plumbing Emergency?
The first thing you should do with a plumbing emergency is to discover the cause and then shut off the water at the nearest source; if you have a burst pipe, you’ll find the main water supply outside in your yard. Turn the valve off. Water can cause structural damage and threaten your family, so it’s best to act quickly.
To prevent heat from building inside the central unit, check the water heater after you turn off the main valve; this is crucial since heat buildup can cause the tank to overheat or burst. If you have a gas heater, turn off the gas before you turn the water heater off.
If you experience flooding and standing water in your home, contain the water and then soak it up with towels or a mop. Wrapping rags or plumbers tape around a small leak or placing a bucket underneath the leak buys you time until a plumber arrives.
Now, call Gilbert Plumbing & Mechanical, and our expert plumbers can take care of the rest with our emergency services in Bountiful, UT.