When money is tight, you might be tempted to put off plumbing repairs until a better time. Although this might work with some plumbing issues, there are some you cannot postpone. Leaving those repairs until later could mean that the issue grows larger and costs even more to repair. To help you avoid this problem, here are some scenarios in which you should call the plumber right now.
Some homeowners try to delay the call to the plumber when pipes burst by patching the pipes back together. Even though duct tape might seem as if it is buying you time, it could actually be covering up a bigger issue.
When your pipes burst, there is a danger of the water becoming contaminated from exposure to debris. The contamination can put you and your family's health at risk.
If the pipes burst because they are brittle, continuing to run water or waste through them could extend the damage even further. Instead of handling a burst pipe, you could be cleaning up waste or flood water up in your home.
When you have more than one bathroom in your home, one clogged toilet might not seem like a big deal. However, the situation could be serious. A clogged toilet is not always the result of something being flushed down the toilet. There could be an underlying problem that could impact the rest of your plumbing.
For instance, a clogged toilet could be an indication that there are roots growing underground that have penetrated your plumbing lines. The interference usually does not stop with the toilet's lines and can spread to impact other lines.
Broken Water Valves
The shutoff valves located at various points throughout your home can sometimes break off. Their exposure to the elements can sometimes cause them to become brittle and rusted. Even if you have never used any of the valves, it is important that you call in a plumber to fix a broken one.
Water emergencies can happen at any time. If there is a burst pipe or other plumbing issue and you cannot cut off the water to that area because the valve is broken, you could experience far more damage than expected.
Ideally, repairing plumbing problems should never be put off. Whenever possible, call in a professional to fix problems and schedule regular maintenance checks of your lines to potentially head off a problem before it occurs. Contact a company like ANDERSEN PLUMBING to learn more.