Plumbing Emergencies Can Crush the Holiday Cheer
Everyone loves the Holiday Season. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. That time of year where people come together with family and friends to eat, celebrate, give, and just relax. Unfortunately, sometimes the plumbing in someone’s home does not care what time of year it is. It will break down or clog up if it wants to. And what better time to do that when 30 different family members come over. When these unforeseen circumstances occur, emergency plumbing is necessary to get homeowners and guests back on track with their holiday plans.
Signs There May Be a Burst Pipe
A broken pipe is pretty much the start of a domino effect of bad things. Not only is there now a damaged pipe that needs replacing, but also there is now possible flooding too. And flooding leads to water damage. And water damage leads to more money being spent on costly bills to repair not just the pipes but the home now as well.
On top of that, pipes are at a bigger risk during the late fall and winter seasons. A frozen pipe is not a happy pipe. When water freezes inside of a pipe, it expands it, causing it to burst. Homeowners with older homes and older pipes are at an even bigger risk of one bursting. However, some signs can indicate a pipe has burst.
- Leak spots
- Lower water pressure
- Weird odors coming from sinks
- Whistling sounds coming from faucets
- Higher water bills
The best action to take after discovering a burst pipe is to take immediate action. Call on an emergency plumber to address the small problem before it becomes too great to handle.
The Dangers of a Faulty Water Heater
Water Heaters are like the silent heroes no one really thinks twice about. That is until it starts to malfunction. People get so accustomed to hot water that when it completely disappears, it catches them off-guard. A broken water heater could be caused by many different things, from sediment buildup to just being plain old. A water heater can last about 10 to 12 years. So if that tank has been in a home for more than six years, it may have already started breaking down.
Higher water bills are also an indication of a water heater in need of repairs. Due to leaks caused by cracks in the tank, that small amount of excess water that builds up over time and drips out is enough to raise someone’s average water bill. As soon as there is confirmation that a water heater might be broken, turn it and other water sources off and then call an emergency plumber.
Clogged Sinks and Toilets
Is there anything grosser or more off-putting than a clogged sink or toilets? Sinks are supposed to wash away dirt, germs, and food. And toilets are supposed to literally flush all of our cares away. Then, to make matters more unsettling, the handy dandy toilet plunger is not enough to save the day. No, there are more complicated matters at play. The buildup of dirt, hair, and soap scum are the main reasons behind a clogging for sinks. All of those elements fuse together, slowly increasing while decreasing the space for water to flow.
The same can be said for toilets. However, in their case, other things like non-flushable wipes, feminine hygiene products, and even too much toilet paper can clog a toilet. Another factor could be not having enough water in the tank. Ever wonder what’s in that container behind the toilet seat? The water has to come from somewhere, and that tank is what refills that toilet bowl every time it gets flushed. But if there is not enough water in it, then it is unable to do its job. Meaning whatever was trying to get flushed is now stuck.
While traditional drain cleaning and de-clogging methods exist, working with an experienced plumbing company can always help. While the holiday season is a time for joy, it can also lead to plumbing disasters, especially with more company. Because of this, homeowners should always opt for emergency plumbers in their time of need.
About Locklear Plumbing
Locklear Plumbing is a family-owned and operated company located in Calhoun, GA, that excels in everyone’s plumbing needs. This licensed, bonded, and insured business offers after-hour emergency services because they know that plumbing emergencies don’t wait for open office hours- and neither will Locklear Plumbing. Call today for dependable emergency plumbing repair in Calhoun.