10 Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

No one wants to deal with plumbing issues. From leaking pipes to running toilets, these issues are not only annoying, they can also become dangerous. Plumbing issues can lead to mold growth, structural damage and larger, more expensive repairs. The ten issues listed below are classified as plumbing emergencies because they keep you from using some of the most important appliances in your household. 

Many plumbing companies offer 24/7 emergency services so that if one of these issues occur outside of regular business hours, you can still receive prompt service. 

For emergency pipe, sink and toilet plumbing that you can trust, contact Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing. Give us a call at  (972) 362-4135 for 24 hour plumbing in Flower Mound.

1. Clogged Sink or Bathtub Drain

If your sink or bathtub drain becomes clogged, you may be able to fix it the first few times. Eventually, if the issue occurs more frequently, you are going to need to call a plumber. In most cases, clogs are extremely preventable. All you have to do is be careful what you flush down the drain. To remove a clog, a plumber may use hydro jetting or another tool to get rid of buildup. 

2. Sewer Backup

It’s pretty easy to identify a sewer backup: foul odors, pooled sewage and gurgling toilets are only a few of the signs. A sewer backup can become an expensive problem to fix because it typically requires major repairs and in some cases, replacement. Call a plumber right away if you suspect a sewer backup. 

3. Leaky Faucets

Leaking faucets waste water and lead to high monthly bills. These leaks can also cause mold growth and rust formation. A plumber can help tighten your faucets and check for any additional causes of the leak. Some homeowners prefer plumbers to completely replace their faucets with new fixtures to fix the problem and give their home an easy update. 

4. Burst Pipes

This is one of the most serious problems because it can quickly lead to flooding inside your home. Burst pipes typically occur due to cold temperatures. No matter the time of day, you need to call a plumber as soon as you suspect a burst pipe because you will not be able to use any water until it is fixed. Unfortunately, burst pipes cannot be repaired. A plumber will have to complete a full pipe replacement in order to resolve the issue. 

5. Lack of Hot Water

If you are experiencing a lack of hot water in your home then the issue most likely culprit is your water heater. There could be an electrical malfunction, gas malfunction, leak or other problem that is causing your water heater to fail. A plumber will be able to identify the cause of the issue and complete any repairs or replacements after a thorough inspection of your water heater. 

6. Leaking Washing Machine

Washing machines are connected to your pipes through the water hose. If the water hose becomes cracked, bulged or damaged, it could leak water underneath and around your washing machine. Especially if gone unnoticed, the water could cause mold growth or rust. A plumber can fix this problem by replacing or sealing the water hose. Because it is in a difficult to reach area and can become worse if repaired incorrectly, you should not attempt this by yourself. 

7. Damaged Water Line

You can tell that your water line has become damaged if you notice muddy puddles in your lawn or bright green spots. As soon as you notice one of these signs, you should call a plumber. A damaged water line could be the result of tree root infiltration, corrosion, construction damage or other causes. Sometimes damaged water lines can be repaired but in most cases they require partial or full pipe replacement. 

8. Sump Pump Malfunction

A sump pump malfunction can be disastrous as it can cause flooding and mold growth. Considering sump pumps are designed to keep basements and lower levels from flooding, it is important that they are able to properly function. If you notice that your sump pump has stopped working, is broken, has stuck components or is making weird noises, then it is time to call your plumber. Depending on the issue, the plumber may be able to quickly fix the problem. 

9. Running Toilet

A running toilet is not only annoying, it is also an enormous waste of water. This issue can substantially increase your monthly water bill if not quickly taken care of. Typically, running toilets are caused by malfunctioning valves or flappers. A plumber can easily fix this problem with the tools that they have on hand.

10. Clogged Toilet

While a plunger may be what you need to fix clogged toilets, sometimes you need to call a professional. As many know, a clogged toilet can quickly turn into a flooding issue. In order to remove or break down the clog, the plumber may have to use a hydro jet or a drain snake. To prevent this in the future, avoid flushing certain items down your toilet such as baby wipes and feminine products. 

Reliable 24 Hour Plumbing Flower Mound

If any of the above problems occur in your home, it is imperative that you immediately contact a 24 hour plumbing service. Unfortunately, not every plumber is supplied with a fully loaded truck equipped to handle all kinds of repairs. This is why it is important that you find a plumber ahead of time that can handle any future plumbing emergencies.

Our team at Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing has got the experience, qualifications and equipment necessary to handle any plumbing emergency. We are dedicated to providing high quality service and customer satisfaction. Our team understands the importance of community, which is why we proudly serve Flower Mound and the surrounding area. With Strittmatter, homeowners know that their plumbing systems are in good hands.

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