When you have a leak, or a plumbing issue in your home it is important to take care of it right away, to avoid more damage. For most people, it can be hard to know a plumbing problem from a plumbing emergency.
Calling in an emergency plumber can be costly, and you may wonder if it is safe to wait to schedule a regular appointment. Here are some tips for how to spot a plumbing emergency, and when it is safe to wait for regular business hours.
Burst or Leaking Pipes
If you notice a pool of water forming, or water is flowing from a burst pipe, the first thing to do is to turn off the source of the water. If you can isolate the pipe and turn off the water supply without turning off the water for your entire house, this could be a problem that can wait until regular business hours.
If you are unable to stop the flow of water, or have to turn off the main water supply to your house, leaving the rest of the house without water, this is a plumbing emergency and you should call a local Toronto plumbing service right away.
Drains are Backing Up
If there are several drains in your home that are all draining slowly, it could be a sign of a sewer line blockage. If the drains do clear eventually, this is a sign that you need to have them fixed as soon as possible, but it is not an emergency.
If sewage is backing up into your drains, and into your home, this is an emergency and needs to be dealt with right away, to avoid hazardous health conditions and significant damage to your home.
Rapid Increase in Water Usage
If you can hear the sounds of running water, or see that your water meter is rapidly spinning when there is no water turned on, this could be a sign of a water supply line break, and needs to be addressed immediately to avoid property, and structural damage.
If you notice your water consumption is up a moderate amount, and there are no leaking faucets, or running toilets, it could be a sign or a slow leak in your water line and that it should be looked at by a local Toronto plumber in the near future.
Thumping or Hammering Sounds in the Pipes
This is generally not a plumbing emergency, but a sign that the pipe supports are loose. This often happens in older homes. It is a good idea to schedule a regular plumbing maintenance check to identify the problem and fix the supports before the problem gets worse.
Damp or Wet Spot on the Wall or Floor
If you can see signs of wetness on the wall or floor spreading rapidly, or see standing water, and are unable to identify where the water is leaking from, it may be a burst pipe behind the walls. This is a plumbing emergency and you should call a local plumber right away.
If you can identify where the leak is coming from, turn off the water supply to that area. Soak up all the water you can to dry the area. Although messy, this is an issue that can wait for regular business hours.
If you are ever feeling unsure if a plumbing issue in Toronto is an emergency or not, it is always a good idea to call your general contractor Toronto services. Most plumbers can help you assess the problem, and if it is an emergency, take care of it right away.