Emergency plumbers are one of those few services that can run any time of the week to help you out. If you are looking for these types of services you probably need someone to come out straight away. Unfortunately, some people can’t tell the early warning signs that could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
In the article below we will explore some of the signs that you should be calling an emergency plumber as soon as possible.
The smell of gas
It is extremely dangerous to have a leaky gas pipe in your home or building. Gas itself can be toxic let alone be the cause of an explosion. If you do happen to smell gas be sure to turn off all of your appliances that may be running it and open your windows and doors.
Make sure you do not ignite any open flames and if the smell gets stronger or does not go away call an emergency plumber immediately.
The main water pipe has burst
A more obvious but it should be mentioned none the less – if your main water pipe was burst you should probably call an emergency plumber. Flooding is a serious problem and should be resolved as quickly as possible. Not only can they cause some serious damage to your property, but the continuous running water will also rack up your water bill.
If you do notice that your main pipe has burst be sure to call an emergency plumber at your earliest convenience to get the issue rectified.
Sewage pipe is blocked
If you happen to catch of whiff of a rancid sewage smell your sewage pipes might be blocked. Another common way to tell if they are is if you notice sewage coming up through your pipes or drains in the sink. Not only is it toxic it smells really bad and can cause further damage to your property not just your pipes.
It’s highly recommended that you call an emergency plumber if you notice that you have this kind of issue. Long exposure to the sewage could lead to irritation of the eyes, mouth, throat and lungs.
No heated water
If you find that you have no hot water it’s not a life or death situation but it could be the root of something more serious. Hiring a professional would ensure that you issue is fixed as soon as possible and you can get back to having a warm shower or even doing your dishes or laundry.
The sound of running water
If you hear the sound of running water within your walls when no one is using the shower it definitely requires urgent attention. Hearing the sound of running water could be the result of a hidden leak that can cause insane amounts of damage. Not only will your pocket be hurting, if left unattended for too long you can get mold build-up which can lead to more money having to be spent and even potential health problems.
Side effects of coming into contact with mold include:
- Red and watery eyes
- Runny/blocked nose
- Irritation of the throat and skin
- Dry coughing
- Wheezing and trouble breathing
Similar to the sound of running water – having leaking pipes also calls for professional help. However, you should be able to see this issue and take the steps to prevent damage to your property while you wait for someone to come out and assist you. Turning off the mains water supply can save you a lot of money when it comes to mitigating further damages.