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What Counts as a Plumbing Emergency?

woman-plungerNot all plumbing contractors offer emergency plumbing service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This doesn’t match the way plumbing emergencies often work, which is that they strike at times when it’s least convenient. No plumbing problem is “convenient,” but homeowners need to have access to plumbers to come fix urgent trouble at any time of the day or night, such as 6 AM on a Sunday!

Sometimes homeowners are confused about when a call for emergency plumbing repairs is warranted. We’ll start by saying that any plumbing problem you think is an emergency can be considered an emergency. Don’t take time to debate how bad the problem is—if you have any concerns that the issue must be resolved ASAP, then call for an emergency 24-hour plumber in Santa Barbara, CA.

Now that we’ve got that important disclaimer out of the way, we’ll go over some of the more common plumbing issues that we think definitely count as emergencies.

Visible water leaks

Hidden plumbing leaks are often found in homes, but may go unnoticed for a long time. Small signs can often alert you to them. When you can see water dripping out of the ceiling from under a cabinet, or through a crack in the wall, you no longer have a hidden leak—you have an emergency leak! Shut off the water to the house at the point where the main meets the water meter and then summon plumbers promptly.

No water

This is a situation where it’s important to first make sure the trouble isn’t a municipal one. Check with neighbors to see if they are experiencing a similar problem, or you can contact your utility company. If it appears you have an issue with your water line, then it’s definitely an emergency.

Overflowing toilet

This is another issue where you can stop the immediate damage before calling for assistance, but you will still need assistance right away. Turning off the valve on the feed line will stop overflowing (or you can open up the lid and rig up the chain to cut off water flow), but the water that’s spilled out can be contaminated and also threatens water damage. Plus, you don’t want to have a toilet you can use!

Multiple clogged drains

A single drain clog is inconvenient, and even an emergency if it’s a drain you have to use. But the serious emergency is when multiple drains are clogged or slow at once. This is a warning that there is a deeper problem in the drainage system, maybe even in the sewer line. Not only do you need those drains back, but you also want to prevent sewage backup and have any sewer line issues fixed right away.

Flooding of any kind

If you have busted pipes and water gushing out onto your floors … yeah, that’s an emergency. Stay calm and shut off the water main, and then reach out to us.

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