Plumbing is one of those things, that are just there. It works and you rarely ever give it a second thought. When your plumbing fails, however, it’s a big deal and you want to deal with it immediately. Plumbing emergencies that are not dealt with quickly and effectively can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home.
Burst Pipes or Water Leaks
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This may be one of the worst types of plumbing emergency. Water coming up through the floor, or out of the walls indicates that your pipes are leaking water.
To minimize any damage to your home, immediately go out to your water main and inspect the water meter. If the water meter is running, while all the outlets in your home are shut off, it means you likely have a water leak. Turn the water valve off. This very often can be done with a wrench and in some cases a specialized tool. If you don’t know where your water main is, you should search your yard, usually near the street and locate the main valve.
If the meter is not running, you can inspect for secondary sources of leaking water, like an overflowing bathtub or toilet. It’s also possible there could be roof damage or an air conditioner leak causing water to enter your home.
Correctly identifying the source of water entering your home is the very first step in fixing any issues.
Depending on the type of plumbing installed in your home, there may be several available approaches to address the problem. You should consult with a reliable Sydney plumber
While your water is turned off you are going to have to make arrangements for bathing, cleaning and using the bathroom, until the issue gets resolved and your water and home restored. Many people decide to stay in a local hotel while repairs are being made.
If you are building a new home, be sure to consult with your architect or builder about your plumbing, where all the valves and shut-off are located, and establish emergency contact numbers in the event they are ever needed.
If you suspect the city water mains are at issue you should contact your city’s water department.
Clogged Sewer Lines
This is another type of disastrous plumbing emergency. Although it might not be as damaging as a burst pipe, it is certainly inconvenient and not something you can ignore.
For older homes, sewer pipes are often segments of clay pipe bonded together. Over time tree roots can grow into the pipes and damage their integrity. Newer homes often have a type of plastic pipe that is much harder for roots to penetrate.
Backed-up toilets and clogged drains are symptoms that your sewer lines need immediate attention. Clogged kitchen drains are rarely an emergency but backed-up shower drains and toilets should be dealt with as quickly as possible.
It may be just a small object clogging things up, or it could be something more serious. A competent plumber can help you diagnose the issue and suggest the correct remedy.
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