3 Reasons to Call an Emergency PlumberOctober 8, 2019 By Excelsior Mechanical Blog
Nearly any plumbing problem could seem like an emergency situation, but some problems are more serious than others. These plumbing problems require immediate service for several reasons. For example, you might request immediate professional help to:
- Ensure the safety of your family and your home
- Restore full plumbing capabilities
- Prevent further damage to plumbing and building structures
It’s therefore imperative to call an emergency plumbing service at the first sign of a serious situation. Which scenarios qualify as emergency plumbing situations? See a few examples below.
Burst or Cracked Pipes
Freezing temperatures or extreme pressure can cause pipes to burst. A burst pipe can limit or cut off your water supply and cause rapid, extreme flooding. Frozen pipes expand, leading to cracking, which can also cause flooding once the pipes thaw. If you have a cracked or burst pipe, locate and close the water shut-off valve immediately. Once the water is turned off, contact an emergency plumber like those at Excelsior Mechanical. They provide:
- Emergency service
- Guidance on how to prepare for freezing weather and prevent frozen pipes
- Preventative maintenance to identify cracks or other risks
Flooding caused by plumbing malfunctions can come from several sources, including:
- Sewer backup
- Failed sump pump
- Burst water pipe
- Broken water shut-off valve
All of the aforementioned issues qualify as emergencies. Unless addressed, flooding will only worsen over time. This rising or stagnant water can cause structural damage to your home, furniture, HVAC system and/or other mechanical equipment, create severe mold conditions, and pose serious health risks. Thus, flooding is a problem that requires immediate attention. Not only should the issue causing the flooding be immediately and properly addressed, but the water should also be swiftly removed and the affected areas thoroughly dried.
No Running Water
A lack of running water is an immediate cause for concern that can have several sources. Usually, this issue isn’t caused by a mechanical failure. For example, the water supply may be disconnected for service in your area or for non-payment of the bill. However, if you eliminate these sources as factors, the problem is most likely caused by a plumbing failure. Sewer back ups most often cause interruptions to running water. So, if you’re water isn’t running, check for signs of a sewer back up. If you determine the sewer is backed up, call for emergency service. No running water is a public safety concern that can compromise your ability to perform daily activities.