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Problems with plumbing systems can be traumatic, especially when they seem to emerge out of nowhere. Everyone in your household should learn how to turn off the main water supply. That will cut off water to any leaky pipes inside the house.

When Do You Need an Emergency Plumber?

When is a plumbing problem considered an emergency? Here are some examples of when to get help:

Overflowing toilets

Flooding toilets are everyone’s least favorite plumbing emergency. Unfortunately, overflowing toilets are also one of the most common plumbing emergencies. You can turn off the toilet’s water supply instead of the main water line. Find the water supply valve on the wall behind the toilet. Turn the valve all the way clockwise, and call an emergency plumber.

Burst pipes

As dreaded as overflowing toilets, burst pipes can cause extensive damage to your home and your belongings. They can also take your water bill into hyperspace. Pipes are often attacked and brought down by invasive roots, especially in dry areas. Apparently, tree roots are highly aggressive when it comes to getting water for their trees. If a nearby pipe has a leak, the roots will surround it, crush it until it bursts and steal all its water.

Collapsed pipes

Shifts in the soil or changes in the terrain can cause pipes to become unstable and collapse. The pipes may already have been in a weakened state. They just needed a mild disturbance on the ground to bring about their ultimate demise.

Bad sump pump

Regions with heavy rainfall use sump pumps to protect against flooding. Sump pumps remove water from the crawl space or basement of your home during rainstorms. A bad sump pump can cause wet spots on your drywall and make weird noises. You might feel strange vibrations coming from the plumbing. The sump pump might sound like it’s running all the time. A bad sump pump during a heavy rainfall can result in severe water damage. A moist environment then fosters the growth of mold, microbes and mildew. Bad sump pumps count as plumbing emergencies.

Blockages in the main sewer line

Sewer line clogs are another dreaded plumbing emergency that can have serious consequences if not addressed immediately. Clogged sewer lines can cause your sewer system to back up into your home. If you have pools of water near the basement floor drains, multiple clogs in various drains or hear gurgling noises in your plumbing fixtures, call for emergency assistance at once.

Leaky washing machine hose

Water underneath your washer usually means a leaky hose. This qualifies as a plumbing emergency, and you should fix the leak at once. A leaky washing machine hose can cause extensive water damage. We don’t need that.

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