Common Plumbing Emergencies And How To Avoid Them

It’s not every day that a plumbing emergency happens, but when they do, it can be very costly. The price of clean up, water damage, and the emergency services tend to add up quickly. Not to mention the toll it can take on your quality of life and peace of mind.

In these moments, we often wonder what we could have done differently to prevent the catastrophe in the first place. Hind sight is always 20/20. Despite what some may say, homeowners have many chances to prevent these disasters, but usually fail to make the right call at the right time. That’s where we come in!

Christian Brothers doesn’t want you to feel alone in your time of need. Likewise, we don’t want you to miss out on valuable information that could prevent the problem altogether. Using our 42 years of experience as our guide, we’ve put together a list of the most common plumbing emergencies and how to avoid them.

Burst Pipes

Unfortunately, this is a very common plumbing emergency. Burst pipes are disastrous due to the water damage that could potentially occur in your home. As a result of this damage, you could be looking at a hefty repair and clean up bill. The disruption this can have on your daily life is also something to keep in mind.

Luckily, there is something you can do to help prevent your pipes from bursting. Routine plumbing inspections from a licensed professional are great for catching pipes that could potentially burst. Pipes usually burst because they corrode over time. An experienced plumber can identify these pipes and replace them. Thus saving you from having an emergency situation.

Sump Pump Issues

Sump pump failure can be classified as a plumbing emergency as well. A sump pump installation in the basement prevents ground water from rising into your home. They are what keeps your home dry from rising water underground. These come in handy, especially when you live in rainy areas.

When a sump pump fails, it ceases to protect your home from this underground water. As a result, this water could find its way into your basement and cause plenty of water damage. This is never a fun experience.

To prevent this emergency, have a professional plumber give it an inspection. They should be able to tell you whether you’re safe or you need a replacement. This is usually the best course of action if you wish to avoid a plumbing emergency.

Clogged Sink Drain

This is a plumbing emergency we see very frequently. A stopped up sink drain never a good thing. One minute you’re washing dishes, the next you’ve got a a sink full to brim and possibly some overflow. Water damage can also occur if the situation is severe enough.

To repair this emergency, it’s usually best to call a professional to come out and help. Handling this by yourself is not a good idea.

If you wish to prevent this plumbing emergency altogether, be mindful of what you put down your sink. Things such as coffee grounds, paper towels, and other heavy material. Doing this should prevent clogs from occurring and save you a lot of time, energy, and money.

Clogged Toilet

A clogged and overflowing toilet can cause serious damage to your bathroom. Not to mention it can be extremely gross. This is the type of plumbing emergency that is the most common and the least wanted. Although we treat clogged toilets all the time, it is often the most avoidable plumbing emergency.

To prevent getting a clog in your toilet, think about what you’re flushing down it. Thicker paper towels, cotton balls, diapers, and other items that aren’t toilet paper will eventually cause a clog.

If you do end up with a clog in your toilet, use a toilet plunger to try to dislodge the back up. This could save you time and money on calling a professional. However, if the toilet begins to overflow, make sure to seek a licensed plumber to help.

Leaks in Pipes or Water Heater

Leaky pipes don’t necessarily fit the classification of a plumbing emergency. Most homeowners are pretty good at managing leaky pipes until a plumber can fix them. Although this true in most cases, there are some times when leaks are severe enough to need emergency plumbing services.

Also, a leak in a water heater is nothing to shy away from either. These can cause extensive water damage and should both be handled with care. To prevent these from leaking, see where your homes water pressure is at. If its above 80 PSI it could be causing these leaks. A plumbing inspection never hurt either.

Call Christian Brothers

When you need help with a plumbing emergency, Christian Brothers can help! Our licensed, trained, and experienced technicians can assist you with whatever you need. Call Christian Brothers at 623-499-9794.