There are certain problems you’re equipped to handle: unplugging a sink, plunging a toilet, cleaning out the garbage disposal unit, maybe even snaking a drain. Then there are plumbing problems that are beyond your pay grade. You could “take a stab in the dark” to try to fix them, but the risk of increasing the damage is too high. In these situations, it’s always best to call an emergency plumbing service.
What sort of situations are we talking about?
Persistent leaks – Maybe you’ve tried to stop the sink from leaking or dripping for a few days to no avail. Or you’ve got water leaking out of your garden faucets and can’t figure out how to deal with them. Leaks could be a sign of more serious damage somewhere in the pipes, or it could just be a problem with the fixture. Either way, it’s time to call in the plumber to help you deal with the leak.
Appliance malfunction – If your garbage disposal unit sets your sink vibrating, your washing machine clunks like an old jalopy, or your dishwasher is flooding your kitchen, you need an emergency plumbing service to help you figure out what the heck is going wrong. Proper care and maintenance of your appliances will extend their lifespan, so bring in a plumber to help you deal with whatever’s causing the problems.
No hot water – Your boiler should be working but there’s no hot water coming out of your shower or taps. What’s going on? Water heaters are delicate appliances, and you shouldn’t try to figure out the problem yourself. You definitely want to call in a plumber to take a look and make the repairs for you.
No water – What do you do when you turn on the tap and no water comes out? How can you bathe, shower, or cook without water? You may need to call a plumber to help you find the source of the problem. It may be a clog in your plumbing, a broken pipe, or some other issue that is preventing the proper flow of water.
Regular drain problems – If your toilets, sinks, and drains are regularly clogged, it may be a good idea to call in an emergency plumbing service. No amount of plunging will get rid of big clogs deep in the drains. The plumber will need to snake the pipes to find and deal with the source of the problem, thereby freeing up your drains to empty properly.
Bad smell – Something smelling like sewage inside or outside your house? A sewage smell can be caused by a cracked or busted pipe, or a hidden leak caused by a clog in the drainage system. Get in the plumber ASAP before your house ends up stinking!