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What You Need to Know About Plumbing Emergencies


Plumbing problems can happen at any time of the day or night, which is why we have plumbers standing by 24/7/365 at The Pipe Doctor Plumbing & Drain Services. However, many homeowners we’ve talked to hesitate to call in an emergency plumber because they aren’t sure what constitutes a plumbing emergency. Here’s what you need to know in case you ever need to make that decision. 

What is a Plumbing Emergency?

A plumbing emergency occurs whenever:

  • There’s a flood risk.
  • The sewer is backed up.
  • You might have a burst pipe.
  • There’s no water.

When Should I Call an Emergency Plumber?

If you are suffering from any of the issues above, you should call an emergency plumber if:

  • You are responsible for fixing the problem. If the issue is with the city water supply or you have a landlord, then you need to contact them instead.
  • You don’t feel like you can fix the problem yourself. Some homeowners have fairly extensive knowledge of plumbing issues and may be able to repair things or stabilize them until regular business hours. 

What Can I Do in a Plumbing Emergency?

If you’re in a plumbing emergency, don’t panic! It’s easy to say that but much harder to keep anxiety under control when you’re facing water shooting everywhere or sewage flowing into your house. However, calmness will help you find the best solution to the problem.

If there’s a burst pipe or water is spraying from somewhere, turn off the main water valve to your home. This is usually located in or near your furnace and water heater, but it may be in your basement, in your garage, or near an outdoor faucet. Turn the knob or lever all the way to the right to stop the flow of fresh water into your home. Just remember not to use any water until the problem is fixed and the valve has been opened again. 

If you can assess the problem, do so. However, do not risk yourself or your family while you’re doing it. Remember that sewage can contain bacteria and other organisms that can make you very sick!

The best course of action is to call a plumber from The Pipe Doctor Plumbing & Drain Services right away. We’ll get someone to your home fast to find the problem and repair it. 

Don’t let a plumbing emergency wait! Call us ASAP to get your home fixed fast – we provide emergency plumbing services to our whole service area!

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