What Is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

What is a Plumbing Emergency?

Some plumbing issues may not be caught right away, but when something noticeably occurs, it is likely an emergency that cannot wait. Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time during the day and be a major inconvenience. When disaster strikes, it is important to get help right away. While many may think they have to wait until a more opportune time for a plumber, companies offer 24/7 emergency services and are trained to quickly repair any plumbing fixture or system. Learn more about the different types of plumbing emergencies below and how the highly skilled team at Stephens can be there when you need us most. 

Types of Plumbing Emergencies

While there are many different types of plumbing emergencies, in this blog we will be discussing clogged drains, burst pipes, and sewer backup. 

Clogged Drains

One of the most common plumbing emergencies is a clogged drain. This includes kitchen sink drains as well as the drains in showers and baths. Kitchen drains often become clogged because of items that are placed inside them that shouldn’t be. It is important to avoid putting egg shells, coffee grounds, large vegetable and fruit peelings, grease, oil, and more down a drain in order to prevent clogs. Showers and baths can clog due to hair, soap scum, and dirt. When drains are clogged, it can cause standing water, foul odors, backups, and other dangers to your health, which is why getting them fixed is essential. 

Burst Pipes

A burst pipe can cause major flooding and damage to a home. It is often the result of water pressure, corrosion, freezing, or being displaced from its original position. To prevent further damage before a plumber can arrive, it is important to turn off the main water shutoff valve and remove any furniture from the area. In the event of flooding, you will most likely need water damage restoration, which includes water removal and extraction, followed by drying and dehumidification, and lastly, cleaning and restoration.

Sewer Backup

Sewer backup is the consequence of tree roots, old sewer lines, blockages, flooding, and more. When water gets backed up into your home, your health and home can be affected due to contamination. If you notice a backup beginning to occur, it is important to shut off the water and electricity in your home until a plumber can come help. If flooding has begun, try your best to remove valuables and furniture to prevent further damage and avoid the area unless wearing proper protective gear. 

Contact Stephens for Emergency Plumbing Services

If you are experiencing a plumbing emergency that needs immediate attention, don’t panic. Contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly offer emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can rely on our experienced technicians to arrive at your home promptly. At Stephens, we charge new technicians to receive their journeyman’s license while also completing four years of apprentice work, so you can feel confident in their ability to provide expert work as well as unmatched customer service. When faced with a stressful plumbing issue, let the professionals at Stephens help bring your situation under control.