What Is Considered A Plumbing Emergency?

Many plumbing scenarios may result in the need for emergency service. In plumbing emergencies, always contact a professional for assistance. Don’t compromise your safety if you’re unsure of preliminary steps to take before a professional plumber can come out. Our team at MCR Gas can talk you through the process and take the necessary steps needed to solve the problem. Based in Manchester, we provide the highest quality of heating services to residents in the area, and it’s no surprise that we also offer excellent plumbing services as well. Residents in need of emergency help with their gas or plumbing issues should contact us today, and we will come and fix the problem as soon as possible.

What Is Considered A Plumbing Emergency?

What Are The Main Areas Of Plumbing?

Some of the typical plumbing tasks are water supply, stormwater, drainage, gasfitting, irrigation, fire protection, and mechanical services such as heating, cooling, and ventilation.

The Most Common Household Plumbing Problems:

The Most Common Household Plumbing Problems

  • Low water pressure
  • Slow draining sink
  • Dripping taps
  • Running toilet
  • Faulty water heater
  • Leaking pipes
  • Sewer system backup
  • Cogged bath, toilet or shower drain

The Top 5 Plumbing Emergencies

1. Burst Pipe

For houses in cold climates, a common occurrence is burst pipes because the pipes will freeze if the temperatures drop and burst when they start to warm up. Burst pipes can create emergency situations. You may face a lack of water pressure and your water bill will grow significantly. Burst pipes leak gallons of water all over your property, all of which you will have to pay for if you don’t get it repaired right away.

Other things you might experience outside your house include a broken pipe. This can have an impact on the quality of your water, water pressure, and wasted water. If you’re hearing hissing, rattling, or banging in your pipes, or your water pressure is irregular, you may have a burst pipe that needs to be fixed to avoid larger issues. At MCR Gas, we can help repair the burst pipe swiftly as possible.

2. Frozen Pipe

If you think you have a leak like a burst pipe, you’ll need to do something immediately, find your home’s stopcock and shut it off. If you cannot isolate the leak, you will have no running water and you will certainly have no hot water, which will be considered a plumbing emergency.

3. No Hot Water

Not having hot water is an emergency, especially in winter. A broken heater and no other means of heating water mean it’s time to call a plumber. If you’re interested in installing new water heater or replacing an old one, give us a call and we’ll tell you the price.

4. Clogged Drains

The issue is not always an emergency, but a clogged drain that completely stops water from draining is. If all the do-it-yourself tricks you’ve tried haven’t worked, you might have an emergency on your hands. You cannot live with a clogged drain for very long because of the unsanitary conditions it causes. A clogged toilet is a bigger problem for sanitation reasons because raw sewage brings all sorts of bacteria into your house.

Another time when a clogged drain might be an emergency is if you have no other sinks and are hosting a significant event. If you cannot use that sink, the entire event will be ruined. You can always count on an emergency plumber in these sorts of situations.

Blocked Toilet

To find out if you have a blocked toilet, you should pay attention to how much the water level is going down when you flush. If it isn’t going down or if the water level is constantly rising, it’s likely your toilet is blocked. In the event that this happens, try using a plunger to break up the clog. If this does not work, call an emergency plumber who will be out fast and who will know what and how to fix the problem as the clog could be at the water pipe coming out of the toilet or farther down into the waste pipe.

How Do You Know If A Pipe Burst?

With a leak, there may be several indicators, but the two most notable are fluctuations in water pressure and that it never looks as full as it should. When your water appears milky or foamy with white or brown particles, or if you hear strange noises like running, gurgling, or bubbling when you turn on the tap, those are both warning signs. Another common clue for identifying plumbing problems is the odour of rotten eggs; this is due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide from leaking sewage lines. Hissing, grinding, and clanging from pipes can also indicate there is a problem with tension points. Usually, when there are puddles forming near your sinks or similar areas like above your pipe cover plates, it’s an indication that water is lost abnormally and in leaking piping areas. If you see an increase in your water bill than usual, there may be water leakage that needs repair.

When Should I Call A Plumber?

Waiting too long to contact a professional for help when a plumbing emergency arises is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Of course, there is something to be said for attempting a DIY fix to such situations but there are certain emergencies that only a professional will do. If you wait too long to contact a professional, the water can damage your home. In turn, it can lead to serious health problems such as mould and mildew.

Our number one piece of advice when it comes to plumbing emergencies: the earlier you call, the less of an emergency it is. This doesn’t mean that your problem won’t be taken seriously by our plumbers, but it does mean that we can get started on fixing your problem faster, and get you back to normal much more quickly.

MCR Gas provides services to residential and commercial customers in the area of plumbing and gas installations, so whether you are experiencing an emergency leak or need preventative maintenance work performed on your water heater, you’ll find help from MCR Gas. To learn more about MCR Gas, what they offer and how they can help you with your next project, contact us today.

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