What to Do if There’s a Plumbing Emergency

September 15, 2020

Water can be both an absolute necessity and an absolute danger in our lives. Burst pipes and floods are only a few examples of plumbing emergencies that can turn our lives topsy-turvy. But funnily enough, there are some types of emergencies that can go undetected until it’s too late.

What are these emergencies? And what can be done about them? Here’s what to do in any event you are faced with a plumbing emergency.

  1. For Broken Fixtures

This is when a faucet or a plumbing fixture suddenly sprays water. It’s messy and a major hassle to deal with! If this happens to you, you need to locate the shut-off valves to turn the water off. These can be found either below or behind the sink, depending on what kind of cabinet enclosure there is.

Once the water is shut off, call an emergency plumber.

  1. For Overflowing Toilets

If your property relies on a single toilet, then this plumbing emergency needs to be fixed immediately. Any overflowing toilet is not only overwhelming and messy to deal with, but also it’s a major inconvenience. Usually the cause is a clogged drain, which can be fixed with a plunger. However, if even that doesn’t help the toilet continue flowing, then you will need a toilet snake. If you don’t have one of those, then you will have to call in an emergency plumber.

  1. For Leaking Water Heaters

Not only can wall damage occur with this type of plumbing emergency, but also major flooding can happen especially when the drip pans are quickly filled. Most heaters come with a basin and you can check this to see if the problem really is coming from the heater or from somewhere else. If empty, it may be a problem with the drain but that’s still a reason to call a plumber and get help. If the leak is from the water heater, immediately turn off the cold water line delivering water to the system. As an extra precaution, turn off the main valve to your home.

When this is done, you need to turn off the heater itself, and how to do so will depend on what kind you have.

  • For electric heaters, shut it off at the circuit breaker. Some have a plug that you can unplug after the power is switched off at the breaker box.
  • For gas heaters, you need to turn off the gas line. This will be connected to a box-like valve at the bottom of the heater, often a black, yellow, or striped line with those colours. Most valves should have a large arrow showing you which direction to switch it off, and a red valve.

If for any reason you’re not comfortable taking these steps yourself, call in an emergency plumber and they can help take you through these steps.

  1. For Sewage Smells

This requires an emergency phone call to your plumber the minute this smell is detected! That’s because if you turn on the water and it smells like sewage or the smell is coming from a leak, it means there’s a major problem happening with the sump pump, the septic system, or another part of the plumbing. Do not ever attempt to fix this yourself; doing so will expose you to severe health hazards such as harmful bacteria and several other nasty elements.

Prevent emergencies from happening—we can help

At Accessible You we’ve increased our services to include fulfilling all of your general plumbing needs. Many of the emergencies we’ve outlined here are easily preventable and in all of these cases, taking action now before such situations take place is the best way to avoid costly fixes after the fact.

If you want to prevent these emergencies from happening in the first place, we’re here to help. Give us a call today if you’re in need of any general and preventive plumbing assistance.