Plumbing emergencies are unpredictable, and they usually happen at the worst times. Because of that, it’s important to have a punctual plumber in mind when disaster strikes your home. Take a look at some of the most common emergency repairs that our plumbers perform.
Blocked Toilets and Drains
Toilet clogs can be frustrating and difficult, if not impossible to resolve on your own if you don’t know the cause. Flushing items other than waste and toilet paper can cause a lot of problems. Some examples include cotton balls, baby wipes, paper towels, floss, diapers and cigarettes. These and other items can get stuck in your pipes, creating serious clogs. Even trying to flush too much toilet paper at once can cause a blockage.
Sludge buildup can cause other drain clogs too. It creates an impassable barrier that prevents waste from flowing through. Tree and shrub roots also cause drain problems because they block the flow. In these cases, you need a plumber and commercial-grade equipment to unblock your drains.
Leaky Pipes and Fixtures
Plumbing leaks can create health hazards and cause significant damage if you don’t address them as soon as possible. Deterioration, shifting, temperature changes and unregulated water pressure are a few causes of leaks. In these situations, you should turn off the water supply at the main valve to reduce flooding. Then, call an emergency plumber to fix the leak at its source.
Leaky fixtures such as faucets or shower heads might not cause significant damage in your home, but they can be costly when you don’t address them. In fact, one drip per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons of water in a year.
Repiping Emergency Services
Repiping can be an expensive emergency plumbing service, but many homes will need it eventually. After decades of use, pipes begin to decay, corrode and rust. Even fresh copper pipes only last for 20 to 25 years. It’s important that you hire a trustworthy plumber that offers straightforward pricing to complete the job.
To learn more about emergency plumbing repairs, look at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s emergency services page, or call (205) 236-4067.