Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
A plumbing emergency can occur at any time of day. While you may not want to call a plumber in the middle of the night, there are some reasons that you need to get help immediately for a plumbing issue in your home. While you can shut off the water supply to a leaking faucet and call your plumber in the morning, any problems with the water and your heating system require emergency help. If you can't stop a leak, or you don't have hot water and the weather is freezing, an emergency plumber will come and fix the issue for you. Waiting until the morning can cause further damage to your home and lead to frozen, burst pipes throughout the home.
Assess Your Situation
Look at your plumbing situation to determine if you need to call emergency plumbing services. If you have sewage coming back into your home, call an emergency plumber. You don't want to have sewage coming up through your toilet and drains, making a mess in your home. If there is a risk of a flood, such as a broken sump pump or burst pipe, this will also need emergency attention. You can try to shut off the water source to the broken pipe as a temporary solution. If you end up having to shut off the main water line to your home, get the help you need to get your water back on.
When You Can Wait Until Morning
If there's no chance of a pipe freezing, there's no sewage and you have stopped any water leak, you can probably wait for a plumber to come in the morning. While it may be inconvenient to not have water overnight in your home, consider your options. Once you have secured your home, you can always head to a friend's or hotel for the night and call a plumber in the morning. Plumbing emergencies are more expensive, but there are times when it is necessary to call an emergency plumber.
Plumbing problems can occur for a range of reasons. You might have a clog in your main sewer line causing sewage to come back into your home. A burst pipe can start a flood in your room, while a broken sump pump can make your basement flood. Assess your current situation and call for an emergency plumber if you need one. It is always best to call for help, even if it is not a true emergency.
To learn more, reach out to a local plumbing service.