As a homeowner, there are probably dozens of things on your mind each day. The lightbulbs in the upstairs room need to be changed, the floorboards creak too much, the door hinge could use some grease, the power bill is due, you’re not sure what to cook for dinner, it’s been a while since the last paint job, etc.
And when on top of all of this there seems to be an issue with the plumbing, or even an emergency, you’re going to have to add to the laundry list of chores. But it’s in your best interest to stay on top of your game when it comes to these plumbing emergencies that commonly occur in homes:
1. A leaky or broken faucet
You might not consider having a leaky faucet fixed if it’s nothing more than a nuisance, but it can waste a lot of water over time. A broken faucet is an even bigger problem, leading to significant instant wastage, leaks, and damage to other parts of the home.
If you’re dealing with a leaky or broken faucet and have yet to call the plumber, shut off the water line to avoid wasting water excessively.
2. A clogged and overflowing toilet
This is a major concern that should not be ignored for obvious reasons. Whether you have company or you’re living alone, a clogged toilet is more than a source of embarrassment; it’s a health hazard too. Toilets are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses that can cause illness, stench, and all sorts of problems in the home. Typically, these are constantly present in the bowl and can go airborne, traveling to other surfaces including your toothbrush, etc., and a clogged toilet means there is even more waste present.
The same applies to your drains too. A clogged or slow draining sink or tub could mean that your pipes are full of sludge, hair, buildup, and potentially other concerns that your plumber can identify.
3. A broken pipe and water leaks
A broken pipe is, once again, a major source of water wastage and should be taken care of immediately. A single leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water, and a burst pipe is even more dangerous because this water will seep into your flooring, wiring, lawns and cause electrical hazards, property damage, and much more.
If you hear water running, see wet spots, and there is seepage from the walls or ceiling, you need to get in touch with