How to Determine if You Have a Plumbing Emergency

How to Determine if You Have a Plumbing Emergency

November 27, 2019

Home emergencies come in many different forms—perhaps the most obvious ones are those involving the electrical and plumbing systems. Today, let’s focus our attention on your home’s plumbing system. Plumbing system emergencies are the most serious, largely because not all problems are easy DIY fixes, and attempting to remedy an issue yourself could make matters worse. It’s important to call a professional to handle a plumbing crisis, but not everyone knows the difference between the signs of a simple clog and a serious issue that needs to be handled immediately.

If you feel that your problem is more of a safety or health issue than a minor inconvenience, then pick up the phone and call an emergency plumbing service in Altoona, PA. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:

  • Gas leak: Frequent gas leaks are not normal. They are both scary and dangerous, so do not ignore the smell of gas inside your home. Faint whiffs of gas can be detected from turning on a gas stove or preheating the oven, which often dissipate quickly. But don’t wait long to take action when the smell of gas is very strong and lingers.
  • Water leaks: Small, short-lived water leaks happen from time to time. As such, differentiating typical types of leaks from more serious leaks can be tricky. Obviously, you have a plumbing emergency if you step out of bed one morning into a foot of water. Either your neighborhood is flooded from a storm, or you have a true plumbing emergency on your hands. A small leak isolated to the bathroom means the problem is in that bathroom, while it can be much harder to trace back to the source of the water leak when the entire floor is flooded.
  • Drainage issues: If a toilet won’t flush or drain, you grab the plunger. If a sink or other drain seems clogged, you likely plunge or use a drain cleaner on it. You know you’re not dealing with a common clog when none of these remedies work. Call an emergency plumber to help—especially if a toilet, sink or drain is experiencing water backflow.
  • No heat: Take care with possible issues involving furnaces that require gas to light a pilot light. If there’s suddenly no heat in your house but the heating system is on, first check that the thermostat setting is correct. Also, check the breaker box to ensure the switch to your heating system is not turned off. Call a heating and plumbing expert if you don’t see any obvious issues.
  • Faucet and valve damage: Sink hardware wears outs over time. Metal can rust or corrode, connections can fray and gunk can build up in the U-bend. As for faucets and valves, the threads on these sink components sometime strip—including the water shutoff valve. If this is the case, there’s no way for you to turn the water off. Whether it’s dripping or gushing, you’re wasting water and putting your property at risk. Hire a plumber to remedy the situation.

Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers a range of fast and reliable plumbing services in Altoona, PA. Call us 24/7 for emergencies!

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