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A lot of people when they notice an issue in their house want to have it fixed immediately. However, what feels like an emergency to you may not be an emergency to anyone else, including your local Newark, IL plumber. While it is admirable that you want to fix your plumbing issues right away, not everything requires a call to an emergency plumber. This is actually good news because emergency plumbing repairs can actually cost you more money in the long run, so if you can wait a little bit for service it may not be the worst idea.
That said, there are certain circumstances when you need to call an emergency plumbing service because waiting can actually make your problem much worse. Not sure whether you need to call a plumber or not? The general rule of thumb is if there is a risk of flooding or you no longer have access to water. Clearly, if water is not flowing into or out of your home you have a very large problem that needs to be immediately addressed. At the same time, if flood damage is a potential threat then you need to get help right away from a plumber. In most cases, the costs of flood damage will quickly outweigh any benefit of waiting for a plumber.
So with this in mind, the question of the day is “when is it time to call an emergency plumber?” To help make it easier we have compiled a list of five times when you absolutely, without a doubt, need to call a plumber. While we hope you never find yourself in any of these situations if you do, our plumbers are always on standby and ready to help.
If you have water coming up out of your floor drain then this is a clear sign that you need to call an emergency plumbing service in Newark, IL. A sewer backup is not something that you can wait to resolve, because once your drain backs the water will start coming out of other drains and sinks. Water will always find a way out, so if you have a sewer backup and you flush the toilet, the water will come back up the drain or possibly even your kitchen sink.
As you might imagine, this is not only disgusting, but it is also bacteria-filled and poses a health risk. You will not be able to use water anywhere in your home until the sewer backup is cleaned up because any use of water will increase the amount of backup in your basement and/or first-floor sinks.
In addition to not having any access to water, you will have to deal with flood damage, which is exacerbated by the fact that the floodwaters are feces-filled. Flooding water on its own can damage your personal belongings and furniture, but depending on where the flood occurs on your first floor or basement it can also damage your major appliances. The last thing you want is sewer water entering your washer or dryer. For all of these reasons, if you have a sewer backup in your home you need to call an emergency plumber.
In fact, anytime that you suspect your plumbing issue may pose a flood risk you need to call an emergency plumber. As a general rule of thumb, water damage is almost always more expensive than plumbing repair, so if there is any chance that your home may flood you need to call a plumber to prevent or put an end to the flood risk.
The problem with flooding is that there is no end to the amount of damage it can cause. Floodwaters can ruin your flooring, and if it occurs on the second level of your home the ceiling as well. It can destroy rugs and furniture and easily infiltrate your personal belongings. It can damage your home foundation and drip down your walls leading to mold and mildew growth. When any type of flooding from an overflowing sink or burst pipe occurs you will find yourself in need of a plumber and a mold remediation expert.
No Access to Running Water
While this should be fairly obvious if you wake up and there is no running water in your home you need to call an emergency plumber right away. This is actually a health hazard and will quickly make your home unlivable. If you don’t have running water you cannot clean anything- including yourself. You also will not be able to cook. The first thing you should do if you wake up to no running water is to contact your neighbors to see if they are having the same issue. If they are, it may be a municipal issue that the city has to address, but if you are the only one without water then it is a local issue and you need to let an emergency plumber sort out the reason why.
You Think a Pipe Will Burst
Due to the high flood risk of a burst pipe, if you think that a pipe is going to burst (or already has) you need to call an emergency plumber right away. Frozen pipes and building pipe pressure are two reasons why a pipe may burst.
Finally, a sewer backup is not the only clog that you should worry about. Clogged drains are just as worrisome since they will lead to stagnant water and many times water popping up in unusual spots. It is fairly common for bathroom water to pop up in the kitchen sinks and/or for toilet water to end up in the shower depending on the layout of your home. These are situations you don’t want to deal with.
If you notice any of the above signs in your home, then you should call an emergency plumber right away. Just In Time is a local Newark, IL emergency plumber who has your back if you are worried about flood damage or clogs.