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Every homeowner deals with a plumbing problem at some time. Often, the problem is one that can wait until scheduling allows time for it. But every now and then, something catastrophic happens that demands immediate professional attention. These kind of household emergencies seem to always happen on the weekend or well after normal business hours. When this happens, you need the services of an emergency plumber in McKinney, TX.
An emergency plumber knows how important it is to take care of your plumbing issue fast. Not only does your family depend on its plumbing system, waiting to take care of a serious problem could cause significant damage to your home’s structure. These are just some of the issues that call for an emergency plumber.
Pipes That Burst
Pipes can burst for several reasons. In some cases, an obstruction in your pipes becomes so complete that pressure builds to the breaking point, literally. This pressure puts a heavy strain on your entire plumbing system, causing any weak areas to burst.
While there is a lot of advice for handling clogged drains available online, there is only one true way to ensure that your plumbing system is totally clear: professional drain cleaning services. Hydrojetting can safely clear all your drains quickly and thoroughly, like no other procedure.
Cold weather can bring on a whole new set of problems for your plumbing, especially for outdoor fixtures and houses without enough insulation. There are some things you can do to prepare, like covering exposed pipes and outlets and keeping the water running slightly on freezing cold nights.
But even with the best precautions in place, the water in your pipes could freeze. When the water freezes inside your pipes, it expands. This is what causes your pipes to burst in the winter.
The water that pours from your burst pipes creates more than just a disastrous mess. The longer the water stands on your floor, the more will soak into the flooring material and, eventually, into the subfloor itself. The water will damage your hardwood, carpet, or tile and weakening the foundation below. You will need an emergency plumber to get on the job fast, so your home doesn’t incur major structural damage.
Leaking Gas Line
If you fuel your home with gas, everyone in the household should be aware of how to turn off the gas supply valve. Take the time to go over it again from time to time, to refresh your memory. Knowing how to react during a gas leak could save lives.
The most obvious sign that you have a gas leak somewhere in your home is the smell. Odorless gas contains a chemical additive as a safety feature. If you smell the sulphuric odor of rotten eggs, you have a gas leak. Turn off the gas supply and quickly get everyone out of the building. Once everyone is safe, call your emergency plumber, and stay out of the house until you are told it is safe to return.
Toilet That Runs or Overflows
Toilets contain a fill valve that shuts off the flow of water when the tank has the correct amount inside. If the water in your toilet continues to run after it has filled, then something has gone wrong with the valve or the working parts inside the tank.
If jiggling the handle causes it to stop running, your problem is probably the in the connection between the handle and tankball. The flapper is made of rubber and will break down over time. This deterioration happens quicker when people use chemical toilet bowl cleaners in the tank. As the rubber flapper breaks down, it stops sealing off the water in the tank completely. This causes the toilet to continue to run.
Many people think that they can make their own toilet repairs and save money. Often, they are wrong in both cases. To start with, just because there are hundreds of repair tutorials on the internet, it doesn’t mean that they are written by professional plumbers. And just because some people are skilled at home repair, it doesn’t mean you will be. Many do-it-yourself repair jobs never really fix the problem completely, And an amateur can actually cause more problems.
While it is natural to want to save your hard-earned money, consider how important your plumbing system is to the smooth running of your household. Because of the training and experience they have, plus the access to specialty tools and equipment, professional plumbers will be able to complete the repair or replacement job faster and at a lower cost.
Blocked Sewer Line
A clogged sewer line will show itself in several ways, and can mask itself as a less serious problem. For instance, one stopped-up sink drain doesn’t cause much panic. Most people assume it’s a simple drain clog. However, if several of your drains are clogged at the same time, it’s time to contact an emergency plumber to check your sewer line.
Another sign of a blocked sewer drain is a toilet that won’t flush or makes a gurgling sound. In some cases, the toilet fills when the sink is running. If you notice any of these happening in your home, you should have al professional check out the situation before it escalates.
Like any obstructed pipe, the real danger is the clog getting so large that it causes the line to burst from the pressure build-up. If this happens, you are looking at a major home repair and replacement expense.
The next time you’re hit with a plumbing emergency, be prepared. Know who to call before you have to call. The emergency plumbers of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North East Dallas in the McKinney, TX area are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can take care of your water and gas lines, along with the fixtures attached to them, like sinks, showers, water heaters, and more. And with bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North East Dallas in the McKinney, TX area, you’re never charged extra for nights or weekends.