10 Most Common Plumbing Emergencies
At some point in our lives, we all have to face the inevitable – plumbing catastrophes. As one of the most vital systems in your home, it is imperative to keep plumbing issues to a minimum. However, time and chance happens to everyone, and you will undoubtedly encounter some sort of plumbing emergency in your home. Have you ever wondered what the most common plumbing problems are? Well, here are the top 10 plumbing issues we encounter:
1. Clogged Sinks
Your bathroom and kitchen sinks get quite a workout each day. Your family brushes their teeth, washes their hands, and does dishes daily. How many times have you ignored a slow drain because you thought it would miraculously clear itself? Even though a slow drain is annoying, it does not classify as an emergency. However, over time, the clog will become more severe. When the clog slows to the point where you cannot wash your hands without the sink overflowing, then it becomes a serious problem.
2. Clogged Toilets
Toilets can clog, make strange noises, leak, and not flush properly. When a toilet is blocked, it is an emergency. Many people try to fix their commode with chemicals, snakes, plungers, or even coat hangers. However, by doing this, you can cause structural damage that allows raw sewage to back up, creating a health hazard. If you have a blocked sewage line, it’s time to call us for professional assistance.
3. Blocked Bathtubs and Shower Drains
There is nothing worse than taking a shower, and the water slowly rising above your ankles. If you hear a bizarre gurgling sound that comes up from the drain, then you have a clog. The most common cause of a blocked tub drain is hair buildup or soap scum. Thankfully, one of our certified plumbers can easily clear these obstructions and allow the water to flow freely.
4. Leaking Faucets
The annoying drip, drip, drip of a constant leaking faucet can be annoying. You may try to tighten the faucet handle thinking that this will resolve the water leak, but to no avail. Unfortunately, there are many issues that can cause your sink to leak. Even worse, did you know that slow leak can rack up your water bill? Not only will it cost you money on your utilities, but it can cause rust and mold to form as well.
5. Water Heater Leaks
Your hot water supply is an important part of your home. Without hot water, showers as well as doing laundry and dishes would be difficult. Examine your water heater from time to time, especially if it is in the basement. A stream of water flowing from the tank can indicate a big issue.
Not only does a leak mean that you are wasting money on water, but it can also cause damage to your home. A leak could be caused by a heater valve or the corrosion of your water heater wall from rust. A tankless water heater will fix the problem if your old water heater is shot, or you may need a new thermostat or overflow repair. To determine the best approach for your water heater, consult one of our plumbing professionals.
6. HVAC System Malfunctions
Did you know that your HVAC and plumbing systems run together? There is a pipe that carries the condensation from your unit to the outside drainage system and problems can arise in any aspect of the heating or cooling part of the unit. One of the most significant issues is not having proper maintenance conducted, which includes changing the filters and topping off refrigerant. If your unit will not start or if it keeps kicking the breaker, call one of our HVAC experts to diagnose the source of the problem.
7. Gas Leaks
Blocked drains are not the only source of plumbing problems in your home. Issues with the gas lines to your furnace are also common problems we encounter. While the gas company is responsible for the service to the house, you are responsible for the pipes. If you have a gas leak, time is of the essence. A gas leak is a crucial issue that classifies as an emergency. If the gas company detects an issue, they will shut off service to the home until it is repaired.
8. Broken Water Lines
Many things can cause a broken or burst water line, with the most common perpetrator being tree roots that invade the system. A broken water line can create large soggy spots in the yard, poor water quality, and little to no water pressure. If it is a sewer line issue, which are more common than many people think, it becomes a health and safety issue – producing an unpleasant mess and odor.
9. Damaged Roofs, Gutters, or Downpipes
Gutters are an essential part of any home. They protect against foundational issues by collecting water and diverting it away from the foundation. When a gutter is broken or collapsed, it causes the water to pool in one area. If you have a broken gutter, it is important to call one of our plumbing specialists to correct the problem before it worsens.
10. Leaking Washing Machine Hoses/Lines
The washing machine hose is something that is not explicitly seen. A small split or crack in the line can cause a leak, and a slow drip can cause a great deal of damage, including rust. If you’re lucky, the water will leak out where you can see it. Unfortunately, in most cases, water will pool under the washer and out of sight. Be sure to keep an eye on these hoses and make sure that they are in good shape.
Whether you are dealing with a water leak, running toilet, or blocked drain, we are here 24/7 to help. At Kenneth McDonald Plumbing & HVAC, Inc., we help people every day with their plumbing and HVAC emergencies. Not only do we service existing units, but we also offer energy-efficient system installations that can help you save money for years to come.