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Plumbing Emergencies And The Damage They Cause

Jul 28th 2015 at 12:47 AM

Plumbing emergencies can cause extensive damage to your home and health, if not quickly taken care of by a professional plumber.

All homeowners eventually find themselves faced with the dreaded plumbing dilemma: it is late at night or a holiday weekend, and something is leaking or making a weird noise or just plain old failing to work. Should you try to fix it yourself? Should you call an emergency plumber? Is it okay to leave everything as it is and wait until normal working hours to contact your plumbing service?

The answer is, it depends. While some plumbing problems can be safely left alone for some time or fixed by a homeowner, others can result in vast and expensive damage if a professional plumber is not called immediately. You can save yourself money and stress by learning to recognize when a true plumbing emergency arises.

A gas leak is one of the most dire plumbing emergencies one can encounter. If you smell gas, shut off the main valve and call an emergency plumber right away. A gas leak that is left alone is likely to cause an explosion, resulting in property damage at the very least, and potentially injury or death.

If you have a burst pipe, that is also a reason to call the emergency plumber. When a pipe bursts, it loses a great deal of water in a short time. Depending on the location of the break in the pipe, water can penetrate walls and flooring, and cause damage to ceilings and lower floors. You will need to take apart walls and floors to eliminate the water damage, or you will later face extensive mold and rot problems in your home. Mold can severely affect the health of anyone living in the house, causing or exacerbating respiratory illnesses. Rot will spread and weaken your home’s integral structure. To minimize damage, shut off your main water valve as soon as possible and contact an emergency plumber right away.

Even a slow leak can cause serious damage if not stopped in time. Water will spread into the floors, ceilings and walls, causing mold and rot and attracting pests. Slow leaks can be hard to locate, giving the leak more time to shed water and spread damage. If you realize that you have a serious leak, you should contact a plumber right away in order to minimize the destruction.

Many people are hesitant to call an emergency plumbing service. While some plumbing problems will not worsen by delay or can be sufficiently mitigated by at-home measures, others are true emergencies that need the immediate attention of a professional plumber. Visit this website to learn more about a plumber in Poway.

Author Bio

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at Livejournal blog.

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