Look up the title of this post on Google, and you’ll find a whole bunch of articles with some…questionable claims. According to those articles, the most common plumbing emergencies are: clogged toilets and clogged sinks!
I don’t know about you, but a clogged toilet doesn’t seem to me like an emergency. Get a plunger, plunge away, and you’re usually good. If that doesn’t work, there are a ton of other methods for unclogging a toilet. Same goes for sinks. Unless they’re irreparably clogged, it’s not much of an emergency, and even then, it’s probably more urgent than anything.
So, here is our list of the most common plumbing emergencies – things you should call us about right away:
Broken Water Lines
When your water line is broken, you might end up with no water going into your house at all. If that’s not an emergency, it’s about as close as one can get. You might notice a part of your yard is getting incredibly soggy, or that water is spouting from places it shouldn’t be. Tree roots can break pipes, as can digging where you’re not supposed to. While you can do some things yourself, it’s pretty much a must that you call a plumber in this case.
While frozen pipes are uncommon in Albuquerque, this can happen on those few cold nights in the winter, especially if your pipes aren’t properly insulated. When it does happen, the pipes can burst open, causing all kinds of damage. You’ll need to turn off your water and call a plumber right away in order to stop any more property damage.
Sewer backup is nasty. It’s a health hazard. It’s a property hazard. You’re going to have to clean it all, get all of your furniture out of the area, and salvage what you can. You’ll, of course, need to call a plumber immediately – the only thing worse than one sewer backup is two.
Sump Pump Failure
Sump pump failure when the forecast is sun for days isn’t an emergency. Sump pump failure in the middle of a rainstorm, on the other hand? Emergency! Even though most homes in Albuquerque don’t have basements, the ones that do are at risk of basement flooding, which can become an emergency very quickly. Get in touch with us.
You might not consider a leak to be an emergency, and that’s fair, but consider this – the County Water Authority doesn’t care whether or not you’re losing water to a leak; if you’re using too much water, you’re going to have to pay fines. Those fines are in addition to the fees you’ll have to pay for all the water you’re using, so it can be a bit of a financial emergency. Leaks can be hard to find, so call us – in this case, wait until operating hours if you can. Otherwise, call us 24/7.
Albuquerque plumbers can help you with any and all of the above plumbing emergencies. Give us a call day or night – we’ll be there for you.