How Can I Tell if I Have a Plumbing Emergency?
One of the most troublesome things a homeowner can run into is a plumbing emergency in their humble abode. While it’s easy to associate an emergency with a pipe burst or flooding, plumbing blunders can come in all shapes and sizes — and you might not even know it at first.
Before putting off that repair call another day, here are some of the most common plumbing emergencies to be aware of:
Common Plumbing Emergencies Homeowners Can Run Into
While it may seem outlandish to not have any water present in your home, it is possible. This situation may appear if you forget to pay your water bill (your water company isn’t afraid to “pull the plug” if a payment is missed).
Other times, this can indicate a much more serious problem: You may have a severe issue with your main water line. And, many times, a repair might not be the solution to the problem — you may need to have it replaced altogether to restore H2O to your home.
Low Water Pressure
While on the topic of having no water, if you do have H2O present in your home, there’s a chance that you might have low water pressure present. When this is the case, there may be a city-wide plumbing problem, such as a broken water main.
However, if this is not the case, this may be an issue with your home’s plumbing pipes — and to restore proper water pressure, you may need to consider having your humble abode repiped.
No Hot Water
There’s nothing more startling than stepping into the shower to find that the water is ice cold. While there’s a possibility that your water heater ran out of hot H2O and needs a few minutes to replenish, this could also indicate that there may be an issue with your water heater itself.
For instance, it’s possible that there could be an issue with your water heater’s pilot light (which heats the water). Another possibility is that your water heater is overdue for a flush; there might be an abundance of sediment at the bottom, making it challenging for the pilot light to warm the water.