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6 Most Common Plumbing Emergencies You May Encounter

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Plumbing problems can cause panic in even the calmest mind. Even the sufferer of the plumbing problem talks about it for several days as it occurs at the worst time. To be honest, no time is the right time for an upset plumbing system. The failed plumbing clearly makes you understand the value of having a proper and undisrupted plumbing system. 


Knowing about the possible problems one can encounter with the plumbing system can surely decrease panic as you are not alone facing it. Here are the most common plumbing emergencies you can face.

  1. Clogged Toilets


The most disgusting thing to face is the toilet seat that is not ready to flush. In the clogged toilet when you flush the bowl only fills with more water. This is usually because of some materials stuck in the pipes clogging the flow. This may be due to excessive toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, or even sometimes the waste itself. The more you flush the more are the chances for toilets overflowing. This is a serious problem and requires action quickly. 


To solve it, you can use the suction pump and get the problem solved on your own. It’s well and good but if the problem is severe then you need to call a plumbing company. 

  1. Leaking Fixtures And Rust


Leaking faucets or fixtures can significantly increase your water bills. The water leaking is being wasted both badly for your pocket and society. However, the leaking water is not just causing mess and costs, but the seeping and stagnant water can cause the growth of molds and rusting of pipes causing serious structural damage. The molds can cause health problems as well. 


Hence, the leaks should be considered as the emergency problem and solved, mended, and repaired on a priority basis.

  1. Clogged Kitchen Sinks

Clogged kitchen sinks are also a plumbing emergency as these are the most frequent blockages one can experience. The larger food materials can be stuck in the pipes and cause a hindrance in water flow. However, this is kind of the clog that one can open using the plunger and drain snake. In the worst scenario, some commercially available chemicals can be used to unclog the sinks. One should be careful about the amount and quality of chemicals as strong and low-quality chemicals can completely destroy the pipe.

  1. Burst Pipes

High pressure of water on areas of loose or weak pipe joints results in pipe bursting. Usually, the pipe bursting is accompanied by a loud thud sound. Some house owners may not be able to hear it. If you hear a sound or find leaking water and other seeping symptoms, contact a plumber. The plumber will detect the area of leakage or burst and guide you about the repair process. The repairing for a burst pipe is a little expensive as it needs new pipes and wall repair as well.

  1. Sewer Backup 


To understand what sewer backup is, you should know that your house has two systems of pipelines. One that supplies clean water in your taps. While the other is responsible to carry the sewerage or used water away from your house. 


When the drain pipes are clogged especially caused by objects like toilet papers, hair, and feminine hygiene products. When there are several clogs, drains in the system interrupt the functionality of the pipelines. Causing the flow backward. If your main sewer backs up you will experience almost every drain overflowing and the whole plumbing system can be in a mess. 


This is a severe emergency plumbing case and needs to be solved as quickly as possible. As you can not use any tap in your house in this condition. Calling an experienced plumber is a clever option. The professional plumber will not only unclog the main drain but also detect the problems in stem drains and resolve it for long-term ease. 

  1. Sump Pump Failure


If you have a basement in your house, you must be using a sump pump to avoid flooding. The sump pump can be overworked in the rainy season and can cause in-house flooding especially the basements as they are below ground level. The sump pump failure is also a plumbing emergency causing the mess. Call the plumber and get the sump pump replaced or repaired according to the condition.


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