There are common household plumbing problems that you can easily handle on your own with some basic tools and knowledge. A good example is a clogged toilet where all you need is a solid understanding of how to use a plunger and some elbow grease.
In fact, if you were to call a professional plumber, they would use a household plunger, too!
Of course, not all plumbing issues are an easy DIY fix. There are instances where the cause of the problems is unknown or requires a solid understanding of the plumbing system, in which case, hiring a plumber is in your best interests. Plus, handling serious plumbing problems on your own may put you and your family’s health at risk! Understandably, homeowners often hesitate to call a professional as emergency services don’t come cheap.
Below are three scenarios where you simply can’t disregard hiring an emergency plumber:
1. Your Home Smells
The smell of raw sewage is not kind on olfactory senses, which is why you know that you have a serious problem if you smell sewage. When your plumbing pipes work as they should and are properly sealed, all the things you flush or wash down from your home are deposited into the sewer system. A foul smell is often the sign of a plumbing pipe crack or break that requires immediate attention. The waste that didn’t make it to its final destination is possibly leaking into your home!
Keep in mind, raw sewage is dangerous organic matter. Coming into contact with it opens you and your family up to communicable diseases. Only professionals have the necessary tools and experience to deal with hazardous waste.
2. Leaky Pipes
Modern homes in Milwaukee have PVC pipes, and older turn of the century homes will have metal pipes. In very old historic houses, cast iron pipes were used that are still functioning today. Pipes not only need to offer a watertight seal against sewage, but they need to function well. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and neither do your pipes!
Problems usually make themselves known through a burst pipe or continuous leakage in the home. In either case, prolonged water exposure leads to water damage that needs remediation.
3. A Flooding Home
Perhaps the most dangerous telltale sign of a plumbing emergency is flooding. A flooded area in your home could be a sign of many things, in some instances severe weather, but more often than not, it is either a blockage or a burst water mains.
Floodwater is dangerous and filled with contaminants, and for that reason, you should never attempt to pinpoint the source of the problem. Oftentimes, the floodwater you see in your home is actually backed up sewage, in which case you need to act quickly to call an emergency plumber.
Do you smell an emergency? We can help you handle any tough situation with certainty by giving us a call today! One of our friendly team members will work to pair you with one of our many trusted emergency plumbing service providers. Remember: a plumbing problem can quickly cause irreparable damage to your home, so waiting is not an option!