There are a great many different problems that can afflict a plumbing system. Some issues can be ignored for months without getting much worse (even though they really shouldn’t be). Some should be addressed fairly soon, though they can be left alone while waiting for an appointment time. Finally, some should be addressed as soon as humanly possible if they are to be prevented from causing massive problems.
It’s this final category that we’re going to be discussing in this post. Plumbing emergencies absolutely cannot be ignored if they are to be fixed in time to prevent much of the damage they can cause. It’s important that you know when to call for emergency plumbing services, and when to wait for a more traditional plumbing appointment.
The typical way that you can tell whether or not there is a plumbing emergency is to try and gauge how much water damage it can inflict in a short period of time. A pinhole leak can inflict quite a bit of water damage over the course of a few months. However, it is not going to be causing immense water damage in the week or less between discovering it and having a normal plumbing repair appointment.
A pipe rupture, on the other hand, has the potential to inflict thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in a very short amount of time, so can a cracked toilet bowl, or anything else that can release a lot of water quickly. In cases like these, it is best to call for emergency plumbing repairs as soon as possible.
Turn off the water flow to that part of the plumbing system, in order to limit the amount of damage the problem can inflict. Once that is done, clean up the surrounding area as best you can to prevent the water that has already spilled from the pipe from soaking into the floor. That done, the only remaining thing you can do is call for emergency plumbing services.
Backflow is what happens when dirty water is sucked up into your plumbing, typically by a change in pressure. Normally, the pressure balance between your plumbing and sewer system keeps everything flowing in one direction. When that balance is disrupted, it can draw contaminated water from another source back up into the plumbing system. The majority of homes and buildings are constructed with devices designed to protect against backflow. However, it the device malfunctions, it can still happen to you. If you have a backflow event in your home, it’s a good idea to have a professional plumber take a look at it immediately.
As is the case with most things, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you aren’t sure about the severity of whatever plumbing problem you’re dealing with, it’s better to at least call a professional and consult with them, to make sure.