Few words can strike as much fear into a homeowner’s heart as “emergency plumbing problem.” Visions of bills and extensive home repair will dance in their heads at the sound of those words. It’s a frightful prospect for a reason: Plumbing emergencies are no joke! Left unchecked they can ruin a home and pose a health risk.

At Boydco Plumbing we take pride in our emergency services. Our professional plumbers are available to help you in the event of an emergency 24-7 throughout the week. Hopefully you’ll never have to use an emergency plumbing service but if you do we’ll be there to see you through it. Here’s what you should do in the event of a plumbing emergency.

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How Do I Know If It’s An Emergency?

Any plumbing problem is a problem that should be addressed. What might be a minor leak one day could end up blooming into a huge and costly problem weeks later. But there are problems that can be put aside for a bit. What’s important is that you deal with emergency crises as soon as they happen. Emergency plumbing solutions can do irreparable and extensive damage to your home, and in some cases could threaten your health.

If your home experiences ruptures, catastrophic failures or noticeable damage in any of these area, you have a plumbing emergency on your hands:

  • Water line or gas line damage
  • Broken garbage disposal
  • Flooding
  • Sewage leak
  • Water pressure problems
  • Corroded and faulty pipes
  • Compressed air system breakdown
  • Stagnant water trapped in your walls

These problems could create a host of problems in your house, such as:

  • Eroding of your walls and flooring
  • Mold outbreaks
  • Weakening your immune system
  • Damaging your electrical systems
  • Making your entire home a volatile, combustible environment in the event of a gas leak

What To Do In The Event Of An Emergency?

Call us. There are problems that a handy person could fix on their own, and there are problems that you should leave to a professional. Emergency situations should be handled by professional plumbers who know how to get the job done safely. You don’t want to run the risk of trying to fix the problem yourself and making it worse.

You should, however, take precautionary measures in the event of an emergency. If you suspect there’s a risk of a water leak making contact with your electrical system, you should shut it down before it shorts out or runs the risk of shocking anyone. If your water main is intact use it to cut off the flow of water into your home. If a flood is happening try to remove as much of your furniture as possible to save it from water damage, and if possible try to confine the flood water into a single area.

A gas leak can be a particularly dangerous problem. If you suspect you have a gas leak, proceed with caution. Open your windows and doors to air it out: This will reduce the gas’s combustion power. Do not use a landline phone to call emergency services: Use a cell phone outside the house. Don’t unplug anything or flick any light switches. Avoid using power in your home and above all else DON’T start any fires. Even lighting a cigarette could have catastrophic consequences depending on how much gas is in your home.

While less serious than a gas leak another major problem to worry about is a sewage leak. Sewage getting into your home can pose a serious health risk. In the event of a sewage leak you’ll want to try and contain the leak as best as you can while making sure you don’t make contact with it personally. Treat the sewage as a hazardous material because it IS.

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To find out about our emergency plumbing services, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.