When it comes to things that can damage your home in Winnipeg, fire, wind, and hail are likely some of the first things that come to mind. Yes, those things can definitely wreak havoc on a house, but the thing that is most likely to cause damage to your home is water.
Heavy rains can certainly be one cause of water damage; however, your home is more likely to have issues with internal plumbing problems than weather-related ones. One thing is certain, regardless of how water is damaging your property, it needs to be stopped as quickly as possible.
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Winnipeg Plumbing Emergencies
You may find yourself with a clogged drain or leaky pipe and think to yourself, “Meh, it’s not that bad. No big deal.” Professional plumbers would tell you otherwise. What may seem like a harmless little leak could actually end up in disaster if not dealt with.
If you have plumbing issues or discover any new water damage in your home, it’s crucial you call a plumber to address it promptly before the problem turns into an emergency.
Contact one of our Winnipeg plumbing experts today to deal with a small plumbing problem before it becomes a big one. We have a variety of services to meet all of your plumbing needs.
Emergency Plumbing Problems
Now that you know seemingly minor plumbing issues can quickly turn into emergencies, how do you know if your plumbing problems can wait or if they warrant a call to an emergency plumber?
The following situations are considered plumbing emergencies that require immediate attention.
- Flooding or a Risk of Flooding
Flooding is a safety concern and can cause substantial damage to your home. It may be due to a burst pipe, sewer back-up, a failed sump pump, or a clogged sink, drain, or toilet. Whatever the cause, an emergency plumber needs to be contacted to deal with this plumbing problem right away.
- An Overflowing Toilet
Most Winnipeg homeowners can handle a clogged toilet, but an overflowing toilet is a bigger problem and calls for a plumbing pro. A professional plumber will be able to get to the root of the problem quickly, make necessary repairs, and prevent the problem from returning.
- You are Without Water
We need water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and for using the washroom facilities.
Water is a necessity. It’s no surprise that this is considered a plumbing emergency.
- There is a Sewer Back Up
After a sewer backup, if the water hasn’t found its way into your home yet, trust that it will. Until the problem is addressed, you won’t be able to use your toilet, shower or sinks. This is not a problem that you can deal with on your own as sewage is a serious health hazard. An emergency plumber must be contacted, and the sooner you make that call the better.
- A Pipe is Leaking or has Burst
This is one of the most common causes of flooding in a home. The damage caused by water can be quick and catastrophic. If you have a leak and don’t take it seriously, you are putting both your health and your home at risk. Remember that the leak is what you can see. What you can’t see is what’s causing it or how much damage has already been done behind your walls or beneath your floorboards.
- Frozen Pipes
Living in Winnipeg, we are definitely no stranger to these! Frozen pipes are dangerous for two reasons: one, the frozen water can crack the pipe and lead to flooding once it thaws, and two, you’ll be without water. This is another plumbing nightmare that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
- Problems With the Hot Water Tank
Having no hot water may seem like a trivial concern, not an emergency, however, if there is a leak with your hot water tank that isn’t dealt with right away, that is a whole lot of water that cannot be contained. An emergency plumber should be called in just in case.
Plumbing Emergency? Take These Steps
When it comes to plumbing emergencies, like all emergencies, being prepared is key. The quicker you react to the problem, the less water damage to your home. Having a plan and having an emergency plumber’s contact information on hand is highly recommended.
The first step in a plumbing emergency? Don’t panic. Easy to say when water is creeping its way up past your ankles, but it is possible! Next, do the following:
- SHUT OFF THE WATER: The very first thing you should do in a plumbing emergency is to shut off the water valve to stop the water flow. This will hopefully lessen the amount of damage and prevent the need for even further repairs.
- CALL AN EMERGENCY PLUMBER: Hopefully, you’ve got your plumber’s phone number ready to go. Call them ASAP and tell them exactly what the plumbing emergency is. They may be able to give you some tips about how to handle the emergency until they get there.
- TURN OFF THE WATER HEATER: Whether your plumbing emergency has to do with your water heater or not, it’s a good idea to turn it off in case there is a major emergency. If something goes wrong with the water heater, that is a water damage nightmare waiting to happen.
- DEAL WITH THE LEAKS: While you’re waiting for the plumber to get to you, try to contain leaking water and use towels to clean up the water that is starting to pool to prevent further damage.
Why You Should Choose Shorty’s Plumbers for Emergencies & Other Repair Services
At Shorty’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. plumbing is our passion! Whether you have a minor plumbing concern or you’re in the middle of a plumbing emergency, our professional and experienced staff are just a phone call away, no matter what hour of the day you call us.