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If you’re like most Memorial City, TX homeowners, you want to get any household repairs taken care of as quickly as possible. Plumbing problems are no different but emergency plumbing services on nights, weekends, and holidays often cost significantly more than scheduling your repairs. You should be sure that you actually need an emergency plumber before you rack up the extra charges.
So, how do you know whether to call for emergency plumbing repair or schedule an appointment for later? There are some circumstances that are so serious they need immediate attention from an expert. The professionals at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service that is prompt and efficient. Here are a few times when it is definitely worth the price to call a plumber for help.
There Is a Backed Up Sewer
If you have a sewer backup, you need an emergency plumber. The blockage in your sewer will not allow the water to flow through as it should. Instead, the water is stopped at the clog and sent back the way it came.
The water returns with the waste products and bacteria that form at the sewer pipe clog. This not only makes a horribly smelly mess in your floor, it creates a health hazard for you and everyone living in the house. The longer the sewer backup remains, the longer the foul fluid will stay on your floor, causing costly structural damage to your floors and walls, and ruining your furniture.
This is one of those times when it is worth any extra cost required. To protect your house and your family, you should contact your emergency plumber as soon as you realize your sewer line is backing up into your home.
There Is a Flooding Risk
Flooding in the home can destroy treasured heirlooms and cause expensive flooring and structural repair issues. It is not worth the risk of incurring a flooded house to wait for plumbing repair services. It can also create a hazardous health situation for anyone who is in the home.
Several problems can cause a flood risk for your home. As discussed earlier, a backed up sewer pipe can send the water right back into the house, along with harmful germs and bacteria. A malfunctioning sump pump can also cause water to gather on your home’s lowest level. The longer it sets on the floor, the more damage it will do to your house. And the more time mold and mildew has to take control of your structure.
A burst pipe can wreak havoc from the inside of your floors and walls. As the water rushes into your house, it saturates your home, causing more expensive repair and replacement costs the longer the problem remains. Failure of the water shut-off valve also carries a risk of home flooding.
Regardless of the reason for your flooding risk, it requires the immediate attention of an emergency plumber. The price you pay for the service will be much easier to afford than replacing your carpet, hardwood, and laminate flooring alone, much less the added expense of other structural and furnishing problems.
You Have No Water
This is one situation you may think can wait for regular plumbing service. You wake up one day and realize you have no running water in your house. Sure, it’s inconvenient to go without water but is it really something to call an emergency plumber about?
The truth is, this is a situation where you do need an emergency plumber. First, if there is no water coming out of the faucets, is it going somewhere it shouldn’t? No water means no working bathroom facilities and trouble with cooking and bathing. Plus, if your water is just sitting in your pipes, it could build up some pretty harmful substances to your family’s health, especially anyone with respiratory problems.
Your Memorial City, TX emergency plumber can quickly determine what your plumbing problem is and get your water flowing again. It will be worth the rate for immediate repair services to have water when you need it.
You Risk Having a Pipe Burst
The problem with uninsulated or exposed pipes is the risk of frozen pipes in the winter. Frozen pipes or outdoor spigots can cause two emergency situations. First, there is always the chance the frozen pipes will burst from the pressure of the ice. This often ends in flooding of your home.
The second problem is that you could be without water in your home. Both flooding and being without any water are reasons to contact your emergency plumber as soon as possible. They will be able to replace your pipes and keep your water running for you and your family to enjoy.
Plumbing Problems that Can Be Scheduled for Later
There are many plumbing issues that do not require an emergency plumber. If possible, try to schedule regular inspections and maintenance for your plumbing system. This can help you avoid a lot of problems down the road.
Here is a look at plumbing services you should schedule:
Regular Maintenance: This includes your scheduled sewer cleaning, flushing of your water heater, tuning up your furnace, and more.
Annual Inspections: This helps your plumber find any issues that may be about to cause you problems before they do. It also keeps your plumbing in good working order and your drains running as they should.
Slow Drains: As long as there is no immediate threat of a backup, your slowly running drains can wait for regular service.
Installation of Appliances: When you wish to replace your gas stove or other plumbing appliance, just schedule an appointment with your plumber.
Remodeling: If you are remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, or guest house, you have time to wait for a regular plumbing appointment. There is no reason to have emergency service.
Minor Plumbing Problems: Your leaky faucets and running toilets are certainly a nuisance, plus they can raise your water bill significantly. But they are no reason to pay for emergency plumbing services.
Contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston for more information about our emergency plumbing services.