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The Scariest Plumbing Emergencies People Face

The last thing anyone wants to worry about is a plumbing emergency at home. Homeowners should always be aware of the emergencies that can happen to better understand how to prepare for them.

Pipe Bursts

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Burst pipes are one of the most common plumbing emergencies that homeowners can experience. When a pipe bursts, it can leak (or spray) water all over the wall, the floor, furniture, cabinets, and any appliances sitting nearby. This results in tons of damage that can take a lot of time and money to repair. 

The most common causes of pipe bursts include the following:

  1. Frozen pipes: When the water inside the pipe freezes, it expands the pipe and can cause it to burst. 
  2. Rusty pipes: When pipes rust, they become thinner and more fragile, making them prone to breakage.
  3. Improper installation: If pipes are installed incorrectly or use low-quality connections and fixtures, they can burst easily.

Toilet and Sink Overflowing

No one likes to talk about toilet clogs. It can feel uncomfortable for many people, but the toilet can be a prime location for plumbing problems. When flushing too much toilet paper or other things that aren’t meant to go down the toilet (like cotton balls, q-tips, tissues, wipes, etc.), it can be easy to clog the toilet. 

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And if it clogs, there’s a chance it will overflow. When this happens, all of the waste in the toilet bowl overflows with the water too. It’s not a pleasant situation and can lead to water damage on the floor and nearby cabinets. Talk about a big mess to clean up!

Failure of Sump Pumps

A sump pump can protect homes against the damages of flooding, and it does so by removing excess water that accumulates in a basin. However, the sump pump can fail if there is a power outage or heavy rains that the device can’t keep up with. When it fails, it can no longer remove that excess water, so the water starts to creep into the house, starting at the lowest level. Its damage is similar to that of a flood, damaging flooring, baseboards, cabinets, and furniture. If the excess water is not removed to dry everything out, it can also lead to other problems like mold growth.

In any of these situations, homeowners should always call professional help. These plumbing problems need to be handled immediately and need the hands of an expert for the most effective and efficient solutions available.

About Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air

Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air was founded in 1996 with the belief that customer service needed to improve in service companies. Their team knows that success is truly measured by how well they take care of customers and their homes. Their professional technicians will take the time to provide customers with detailed explanations and recommendations so that they can make the best decision for their homes. Call now for their plumbing and repiping services!