Most of us know that there are many ways to protect your plumbing. Don’t flush anything but toilet paper, don’t pour grease down the drain and cover faucets when it freezes are a few of the most common tips that homeowners employ. Even minor issues like slow drains don’t get us down. We know how to boil water and use baking soda and vinegar to flush a sluggish pipe.
Unfortunately, there are times that you can’t do it yourself. If you have ever seen the damage that water can do to a home, you also know that sometimes you just can’t wait. That’s when you need an emergency plumber.
Sewage Is Coming Into Your Home
Like something out of a horror movie, if you have a severe enough blockage, sewage can actually back up into your bathtubs. Besides the fact that it is disgusting and unhygienic, it can also be a signal that more damage could be on its way. Even if it eventually drains, this is an indicator that there is something preventing your pipes from working correctly and any other water that goes down those drains could cause another backup that could flood your home.
A Burst Pipe
This can happen at any time but most frequently in the winter after a hard freeze. If you have water spraying or flooding into your home from a burst pipe, turn off the main water valve to your home. If you have no water to your home at all, this is definitely the time you need a plumber, stat.
Smell of Gas
The smell of gas is usually your first hint of a gas leak. If you notice a smell of rotten eggs, don’t wait, get out of the house. If you know where the main gas valve is to the house, turn it off. If you notice any of these other tell-tale signs, leave the area immediately and call for emergency help:
- Dead plants
- Hissing or spitting sounds
In this case, it’s a matter of life and death. Wait to call your plumber until after your home is safe but before you can turn the gas back on. They will have to repair your pipes before you can use your gas appliances again.
Smell of Sewage
If you start noticing the smell of sewage in your home with no other indication of a problem, you could have a sewage leak under your home. This can happen if a pipe has a leak or has burst. If left untreated, this can become an environmental issue and will be much more costly to remediate.