Emergency plumbing situations are something that many homeowners can expect to encounter at some point. There may be various causes of plumbing emergencies, including some that can be prevented through routine and regular maintenance of the plumbing system in your home.
If water pipes under a crawl space or in your basement are no sufficiently protected from the cold, water within the pipes may freeze. Although this type of problem can be an inconvenience during cold winter days, more serious problems can arise.
If you experience frozen water pipes each time the temperatures drop or go below freezing point, there is a possibility that the pipes lack insulation. A plumbing repair company can wrap the pipes and prevent this problem.
- Water pipes are vulnerable to bursting after repeated cycles of freezing and thawing. When water is frozen and it turns into ice, the mass of water increases and expands. Repeated expansion of ice places additional pressure on the water lines as well as connections and may weaken them.
- Additionally, as ice forms, the water that does not freeze is subjected to higher pressures. When the pressure is too great, this can lead to a blowout at a connection or within a section of the water line.
- The water main should be shut off if water pipes burst in order to stop the water from flowing into your home. Excess water needs to be cleaned up quickly to prevent extensive water damage within the home. Contact an emergency plumbing service that can repair the water lines.
- A water leak is another problem that may arise from freezing and thawing pipes repeatedly. Leaks often begin at the pipe connections. They might start as a slow drip and develop into gradually running trickles or water over time.
- It can be difficult to find leaks because part of the plumbing in the home is inside walls or under floors that you cannot access. When you hear running or dripping water and the toilet was not flushed recently and all faucets are off, you may have a leaking water pipe.
- Turn off the water main if you have a leak and call a plumber immediately. Leaving water on will create more water damage inside your home.
Backed Up Toilets and Drains
- If sewage backs up the toilet or comes up drain pipes in your sinks, bathtub or shower, something is wrong with the sewer line. A major clog may be present in the line, outside or inside the home. Clogging can also result from tree roots that grow into the sewer line.
- The cap from a sewer line can be removed as a temporary safety measure. While raw sewage may flow up the pipe and access your yard, this is preferable to it overflowing out of toilets and showers inside your home.
- Avoid flushing the toilet and running water until a plumber fixes or unclogs the sewer lines.
When a sump pump no longer works, it will not be able to pump water out of a crawl space or basement. This can lead to water overflowing and running out of the tank. Clean up excess water if you experience the problem. Do not run water or flush a toilet until the pump is fixed by a professional plumber.
December 13, 2018