Plumbing emergencies are some of the most stressful experiences that homeowners face, mostly because few things cause as much damage to a home as water. While there are plenty of plumbing issues that do not technically qualify as emergencies, sometimes it is worth calling during off hours and arranging for a professional to address an issue immediately.
The following are five signs that you may need to call Garvin’s Sewer Service to set up an emergency drain cleaning service:
#1 Water Backups
The most common reason to call an emergency drain cleaning service is a water backup that is causing water to spill forth from the source and isn’t stopping or slowing down. This often starts as slow drainage caused by a clog, but when the clog gets so bad that water can’t get through the pipes at all, big problems can arise. Whether the clog is caused by the buildup of minerals or waste doesn’t matter. If the clog forms completely, it gets even harder to remove and can lead to big problems in terms of water damage.
#2 Unusually Bad Smells
Another common problem associated with especially bad clogs is an unusually bad smell, which can be a result of sewer gas caused by water in drains evaporating when not used often. Rising sewer gas vapor can rise up through the drain and create a nasty smell. If hot water alone doesn’t flush out the odor, you may need to call someone here at Garvin’s Sewer Service to address the issue.
#3 Frozen Pipes
In the winter, when temperatures drop below freezing, frozen pipes can cause serious problems in terms of drainage and potential leaks. Visible frost on exposed pipes, odd clanking noises when the tap is turned on, and the complete stoppage of water anywhere in the home all could be signs of frozen pipes, and together they could shut down your water supply.
#4 Visible Water (Where It Shouldn’t Be Visible)
There are times when water should be visible, but if there’s water showing in places where it shouldn’t be, it could be the sort of problem that causes water damage in your home. Take, for example, water pooling around the base of a toilet, water dripping from the ceiling, or water seeping up from the floor. Each of these should mean an emergency call to your plumber immediately.
#5 Cloudy or Colored Water
If the water in your home is anything but clear, you could have a problem with drainage that needs correcting. Yellow or brown water, for example, could mean that you have to much iron in your water, signaling an issue with the water heater. Blue or green tinted water might mean your copper pipes are corroded. In both cases, using the colored or cloudy water could be unsafe, so calling emergency plumbing services may be the right decision.
If any of these signs rear their ugly heads, do no hesitate to reach out to someone here at Garvin’s Sewer Service. We’ll be happy to schedule an emergency drain cleaning service to get your water running (or rather, not running) exactly as it’s supposed to.