To many homeowners, anything related to plumbing might be an emergency. Likewise, many homeowners think that their ability to work on DIY projects signifies that they’ll never have to call a plumber unless there’s water flooding their entire house. Neither of these two extremes is the right attitude to have, and it’s about time we set the record straight.
Plumbing emergencies are most definitely a thing. The problem remains, how can you tell what’s worth calling a plumber over and what’s not? Emergency plumbing in Bloomington, IL is determined on a case by case basis, so your unique plumbing need might be more of an emergency than someone else’s.
Keep reading and we’ll get into the details of what constitutes a plumbing emergency, when to call professionals like us, and if there’s anything you can do in the meantime.
What Is Emergency Plumbing?
If you’re dealing with a clogged toilet or a drain that’s slow, there are some tricks you can do (like plunging and utilizing a drain snake) to try and mitigate these problems before they require professional assistance. However, you can usually tell the difference between regular plumbing needs and emergency plumbing. If you notice any of the following things, you likely need emergency plumbing help.
- Gushing water. Obviously, if your plumbing system starts gushing water anywhere, whether it’s from your toilet or a pipe, you need professional plumbing help as soon as possible. This can be unsanitary and hazardous for your home as water damage and mold becomes more prevalent.
- Water damage. Water damage can be noticed either by wet spots forming or just general moist parts of your home that seem to be rotting the wood or rusting the metal. This constitutes the need for emergency plumbing service because that water damage can start to destroy some fundamental parts of your home, leading to expensive repairs down the line.
- Clogged drains. Once you’ve tried plunging or drain snaking, it’s time to call a professional plumber to clear your drain. Also, if you’ve got multiple drains that are clogged, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your sewer line.
- Backflow or bad odors. Speaking of issues with sewer lines, you should never—under any circumstances—be dealing with backflow coming out of our drains. Likewise, any odors that permeate through your home that are coming from these drains are a sign that something is wrong. These can be uncomfortable and downright unsanitary for the health of your house. Call a professional plumber today.
Not every plumbing issue is going to fit in our neatly detailed list. Some things are going to feel like they’re emergencies but no professional is going to be there to tell you it is. Use your best judgment. If you think this problem can’t wait and needs to be addressed ASAP, don’t be afraid to call our team and have a pro look at it. When your home’s foundation and plumbing system is at risk, don’t take the risk of waiting. As we often say, better safe than sorry!
Call the pros at Pipeworks Inc. for your emergency plumbing needs!