Common Plumbing Disasters

September 14, 2018

Plumbing disasters are every homeowner’s worst nightmare, right after fire. Although a plumbing disaster is less likely to result in fatalities, it is not impossible, considering flood water is often full of human waste. There are common plumbing disasters which are largely avoidable, which is why Show Plumbing recommends keeping up with regular checks and maintenance.

In order to head off potential problems, here are some of the most common plumbing disasters that you might come up against.

Burst Pipes

A burst pipe is one of the most destructive plumbing disasters, resulting in flood water washing through a home, destroying everything in its path. It is important to keep pipes well-maintained. Plan for cold weather, when pipes are most likely to burst due to frozen water, which expands in the pipes.

Discovering a burst pipe may cause you to freeze up in indecision. However, the first thing you should do is shut the water and electricity off at the mains – if it is safe to do so. If you are sure how to locate your water mains, it helps to have the number of a professional handy during plumbing disasters.

Slab Leaking

Slab leaking is one of the most challenging plumbing disasters for homeowners who do not have a background in plumbing. The first problem is identifying that there are leaks and then the real work begins in trying to find them. The potential for damage to your foundation is very real, so finding slab leaks quickly is crucial.

These plumbing disasters are best addressed through regular maintenance and inspection from a plumber. Identifying the issue early will mean repairs can take place before any real damage is done to the foundation and other structures in the home.

Plumbing Blockages

Homeowners often think of clogs or blockages in a system as localized. The reality is, clogs and blockages can cripple the entire system. This, alone, qualifies these common occurrences as potential plumbing disasters that require immediate attention.

It is important to avoid putting foreign objects, including face wipes, down toilets and drains. If your sinks are slow to drain or you smell sewage, contact Show Plumbing right away, to avoid one of the worst plumbing disasters you can imagine. Sewage water backing into your home is not a pleasant experience.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backup is one of the most horrendous plumbing disasters homeowners will ever face. This is usually caused by the aforementioned clog or blockage. It is a scenario that won’t likely resolve on its own, so if you see signs of sewage backing up, it is time to call a plumber.

Never touch raw waste, and refrain from running water – which means no sink, shower or toilet use whatsoever. Show Plumbing can provide fast and effective solutions to sewage backup when you trust our team to take care of your plumbing disasters.

Broken Main Line

The daddy of all plumbing disasters is the broken main line. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with a broken main water supply or sewage line, there is the potential for significant damage. The responsibility for repairing the line may lie with the city, but you should make contact and find out quickly, so the issue can be resolved.

If you are responsible for repairing a broken main line, Show Plumbing has you covered. Call right away if you are dealing with plumbing disasters and need help from the professionals.