What is a plumbing emergency?

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What are the most common plumbing problems?          

All of us have a different version of what is considered a plumbing emergency, but we need to consider when calling for emergency plumbing service is justified. Plumbers are not the cheapest service, and for good reason! We need our plumbing, whether it is the water coming in and not flooding or the toilet flushing without overflowing. 

A plumbing emergency repair could be as simple as a busted water line under the sink to a backed up garbage disposal or toilet. When you consider what a plumber may incur on a job, would you want to do it for less? Probably not, especially if it is an emergency plumbing service call, you can be certain it is not going to be good! 

Until you have a problem, or several problems, you won’t realize how much the plumbing in your home is a convenience and a necessity.  From that dripping kitchen faucet to that slow draining tub, no home is going to be free of having a problem at some point. What you need to realize as a homeowner is not all of these things need emergency plumbing service by a professional plumber. 

First thing to know is that plumbing emergency 24 hour service is wonderful, but it is expensive. So, if it can wait till business days and normal hours, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. Here, we list the most common of all plumbing emergency examples, some you can fix, some you need to call the plumber. 

CLOGS – DRAINS AND TOILETS

You know right away you have a clogged drain when the sink or tub isn’t draining. Or the toilet isn’t flushing all the way, leaving waste floating around in the toilet bowl.  What causes these things to happen? One morning it’s all working fine and the next day, BOOM, you need emergency plumbing service. 

  • What Causes the Clogs: Clogged and slow drains happen when the plumbing is blocked. In the bathroom, hair, soap scum, and toothpaste are the culprits usually, sometimes it is a toothpaste cap or a small toy. A clogged toilet is often from something that shouldn’t have been flushed in the first place, like a diaper, a feminine product, or too much toilet paper. 
  • How to Fix That Clog: Start with your plunger, these often are a quick fix to a simple clog. When the blockage come up close enough, pull the clump up and out. If that doesn’t work, use a plumbing snake to push it through. 

You can avoid the clogs in the toilet by only flushing toilet paper in small amounts. Make sure to keep the toilet lid closed, kids are less likely put something in them. For the bathroom sink and tub, purchase hair catchers that fit over the drain. After each use, clean the hair off and put in the trash can instead of letting it go down the drain

When should you call for emergency plumbing service? If plunging and snaking doesn’t get it clear, it is time to call the plumber.  If you have another bathroom, wait and call during regular business hours so you don’t pay the overtime. 

 LEAKS – FAUCETS AND PIPES

A leaky faucet or pipes is a common problem for homeowners. While the dripping kitchen faucet is annoying, it is also wasting water and costing you money. One dripping faucet can add up to 3,000 gallons or more over a year. That is over one trillion gallons of water across the country! Not only is that much water be wasted, but the damage a leaking pipe can cause can be devastating and expensive. 

  • What Causes the Leak: Typically, a worn out washer is the cause of dripping faucet. It could have become dislodged and tore, or simply has hardened with age. When this isn’t repaired, it will cause the valve seating to corrode, and other parts of the plumbing will begin to deteriorate. 
  • How to Fix That Leak:  Simply replace the washer in most cases. There are plenty of YouTube videos and associates at your local hardware store or home improvement store can offer advice and instructions. However, it is more than the washer, you’ll want to make a phone call to your plumber. Again, try to work around this leaking faucet and avoid an emergency plumbing service call if possible.  

Leaking faucets and pipes can be avoided by keeping a watch over them so you can see when they’re getting old. Just like us, the natural aging and wear can’t be avoided in plumbing either. By being aware of your home’s plumbing, you’ll be able to avoid needing emergency plumbing services. 

When do you need to call your plumber for a leaking faucet or pipe? When you have replaced the washer and it still leaking, there could be more to problem. You may need to replace the entire faucet, but a professional plumber can inspect the issue and advise you accordingly. 

THE TOILET – CONSTANT RUNNING

Many things can happen to a toilet, but the most annoying of all problems homeowner’s have with the toilet is when it constantly runs. It still flushing and draining, but the water won’t quit running once it fills. It is annoying because you know that is water wasting and costing money. 

  • What Causes the Constant Running: The inner parts are worn out is the most common issue, like the flapper valve isn’t fitting right. When it doesn’t seal up, it allows water to keep running. It could also be the float is out of balance or the fill tube has come loose.  
  • How to Fix That Running Water:  Check each of the internal components to determine the problem like making sure the fill tube is still attached and set to direct water into the overflow tube. Check the float is balanced and allowing the fill  valve to shut off. Make sure the chain is hooked to the rubber flapper and has enough length that the flapper can shut.  You can purchase a toilet repair kit at a big box home repair center or hardware store that will have instruction for replacing each component.  

Unfortunately, there isn’t anything you can do to avoid this from happening. The components are inside water 24/7 and they are going to go corrode, rust, and simply  wear out. a 

If the toilet is overflowing when flushed and you can’t get the water turned off (there should be a turn off valve under the tank), then you definitely need to make emergency plumbing service phone call. 

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How do you fix plumbing problems?

 Not all  emergency plumbing issues require a phone call for emergency plumbing services. There are some plumbing repairs that you can do yourself, as we described some of them above, that will save you a lot of money over time.  However, you can make a mistake and end up making that emergency plumbing service phone call, costing yourself more money than if you had called them at first. 

If you aren’t comfortable with basic household tools and have complete understanding of the problem, call a plumber. Always know where the main shut off to the house – that can save you a lot of flooding and further damage. Have a plumber’s number on your speed dial so that you can make that emergency plumbing service phone call quickly. 

When you have to make that emergency plumbing service phone call, how much does an emergency plumber cost?  Professional plumbing emergency call out charges rates can vary from city to city and plumber to plumber.  On average, they start around $50 per hour and can go as high as $150 or more. This doesn’t include any parts they may need to use, and not all plumbers do a thorough clean up, meaning  you may need to call in a professional damage clean up company if the plumbing issue cause a major mess. Call (817) 283-0183 today for your plumbing emergency needs in Bedford, TX.