Does every leak require an emergency plumbing service? If you're not sure when to call a 24-hour emergency plumbing contractor, or if it can wait until the morning or a weekday, take a look at the questions to consider.
Will The Leak Cause a Flood?
A drip of water may not cause an immediate home issue. But a larger leak that quickly floods the floor could cause interior damage. If the water gushes or rushes from the pipe, leaks at a steady rate, ponds on the floor, or if you can't turn the water off (or don't know the location of the fixture's, pipe's, or main shut-off), you need to call a plumber immediately.
Do You Smell Sewer Gas Or An Odd Odor?
A sewer or main drain back up is an emergency situation. Unlike a slow kitchen or bathroom sink drain, a main drain backup can expose your home to potentially risky wastewater. While the smell of sewer gas isn't always an immediate hazard, overtime, or in higher concentrations, it can cause health-related issues. If you smell a rotten odor or see grey, black, or dark water coming from the main drain, contact an emergency plumber.
Do You Smell Natural Gas?
Sewer gas isn't the only odd odor that requires immediate professional attention. The rotten egg scent of natural gas is another potential emergency plumbing problem. The furnace, some types of clothes dryers, and stoves/ovens use natural gas as fuel sources. While a plumber cannot always repair these appliances, they can assess and fix or replace hot water heaters or natural gas lines.
Is The Wall Wet Or Damp?
Dampness inside of walls can come from several sources. A leaky roof or poorly sealed window can allow water in. Along with these issues, a broken, worn, or damaged pipe inside of a wall can also cause moisture on the interior surface. If a wall has visible water damage or feels damp, you need a plumber to inspect the issue as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage a leak can cause.
Is A Pipe Frozen?
As the temperature dips, the risk of pipes freezing increases. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, exposed pipes can freeze at temperatures at or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. An untreated frozen pipe can burst and potentially flood your home or leave you without water.
Contact an emergency plumber for more information.