Know the Difference Between Important and Urgent
Being able to gauge a plumbing problem is vital for any homeowner. Unfortunately, plumbing issues are a part of life, and they will happen at some time or another. And the way homeowners react to the problems can de-escalate the issue and get it under control, or it can make the problem worse.
This is why telling the difference between a problem and an emergency is so important. A problem can often be solved by the homeowner, whereas an emergency will likely need the assistance of a professional plumber. So, read on to find out how to tell the difference between urgent and important plumbing problems.
Urgent: Busted or Broken Pipe
There are many reasons for a pipe to break or bust open. Too-high water pressure, old pipes, extreme temperatures, and poor installation are just a few causes. And, since most pipes in the home are hidden from sight, it can be hard to tell when one of them has broken or developed a pinhole leak. The main thing to look for is wet spots on the wall, ceiling, or even the floor. If there’s no apparent cause for these wet spots, it’s time to take action.
The first thing homeowners should do in the event of a broken or busted pipe is treat it like an emergency. Putting it off can cause extensive damage that one could have avoided. Turning off the water in the home is essential. Once this is done, it’s time to call a professional plumber for help with the emergency.
Important: Clogged Toilet or Drain
Toilet clogs happen from time to time. The same can be said for drain clogs. Both are simply essential problems that don’t often require professional help. For a clogged toilet, homeowners should try the plunger first to see if they can fix the issue. If the plunger doesn’t work, it may be time to try a plumber’s snake, a tool that is available at home improvement stores everywhere.
Clogged drains can be addressed safely by the homeowner using vinegar, baking soda, and hot water. Sometimes simply pouring hot water down the drain is enough to clear the clog. That said, if the drain or toilet does not become unclogged, it may be time to call in some help. But, again, these are not the most urgent plumbing problems out there.
Urgent: Sewage Backup
A sewage backup is one of those emergency plumbing situations often mistaken for a clogged drain or a simple problem. The reason is that symptoms of sewage backups include multiple clogged drains and bubbling toilets. Some bad-smelling water may come up through the drains, making the homeowner think that the drain is just clogged.
Homeowners that come across one or more of these symptoms should call a professional plumber for help immediately. A sewage backup is a serious emergency that could lead to contaminated water and health issues for anyone in the household. Of course, professional plumbing companies are always happy to answer any questions homeowners may have about their plumbing issues, big or small.
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