7 Most Common Plumbing Emergencies
Do you have a plumbing problem right now; an overflowing toilet or sink perhaps? Are you confident in your ability to locate, identify, and resolve the problem? If the answer is no then do not worry, you are by no means alone.
It’s not just that a lot of people don’t know how their plumbing works, it’s that plumbing often requires specific tools, and if you’ve never had to deal with the problem before you may not have the right equipment on hand. Calling a professional plumber is always the best course of action, they will be happy to show you what the problem is and how to fix it.
Below are the most common plumbing emergencies. Even though they may seem more of an inconvenience than a serious problem you should always resolve problems as soon as you can. If you are unable to do it yourself then don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber.
Sinks in your kitchen, bathroom, and toilet will all have different designs to account for their different uses. Clogs are most common in the kitchen sink and the bathroom. In the kitchen, this is down to the build-up of fats and chunks of food, and in the bathroom, hair is the usual cause. If you notice a sink draining slower than normal, this is a sign that a clog is forming. If the flow stops completely without you noticing, your sink can back up and overflow.
The toilet is the plumbing fixture that gets the most use in the average home and is, therefore, more subject to general wear and tear. A clogged toilet needs to be sorted out as quickly as possible because it can turn into a health hazard. There are endless DIY guides out there advising how to unclog a toilet. Be careful, though, and don’t be afraid to call a plumber if you need one.
If you notice problems with your hot water, it could indicate a leak in the line between your boiler and your faucet. This leads to wasted water and energy and is another common source of unexpected increases to your bills. Leaks can also cause damage to property. If your boiler is above the ground floor, a leak can end up soaking through the ceiling and turn into a serious problem.
If you have a flood on an upper floor you should call a plumber immediately. Look online to find reputable plumbers near you. If you live in Bristol, for example, you can try searching for ‘Plumber Bristol’ where you’ll find companies like Plumbing Care Services who can make emergency repairs
shortly after receiving your call.
Clogged Baths and Showers
In a family home, the bath and shower probably get a good amount of daily usage and, like the sink, has to deal with a reasonable amount of hair and other debris that can ultimately form clogs. Soaps and shampoo can also congeal in pipes, they can be dissolved with powerful chemicals, although if you’re uncomfortable using those there are some other more ‘organic’ solutions. Consult with a professional plumber and they can explain things to you.
Leaks and Drips
Do you have a leaky tap in your home? One that just won’t shut off completely and keeps a constant, steady drip, drip, drip? The sound is constant and continuous and can start to drive you mad after a while. Not only that, but all that dripping water adds up, and you’re still paying for it! Constant dripping can rust nearby metal and encourage mould and rot to grow on wood.
Leaking Washing Machine Hose
Washing machines are designed to be strong and resilient. They are often among the most frequently used appliances in a household, and when they break down unexpectedly, it can be a huge inconvenience, especially if you have a work uniform to wash. The part of a washing machine most likely to fail is the hose. If you find it to be deformed or covered in rust and mould then get it fixed before it becomes a serious issue.
No Hot Water
The one that we all fear first thing in the morning. There’s nothing worse than hopping into the shower in the morning only to feel freezing cold water on your back. Interruptions in the hot water supply can be due to a number of different factors; a malfunctioning boiler, a leaking pipe, a blockage in the line, it can be hard to pin down the problem on your own. If you are unsure, then consult with a professional plumber as soon as you can.
Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time and they do seem to pick the most inconvenient moments to throw up new problems. When in doubt about what to do, always consult with a professional.