You’ve just purchased your new home and you couldn’t be prouder of your accomplishment. Moving into your first home is a big deal. It gives you the space you need to start growing your family, it gives you stability and security, and it will help you build your financial future. But there’s another side you may not be prepared for. A house is an investment that requires care and maintenance to keep it comfortable, livable, and to maintain its value. When you rent, you don’t have to worry about home repairs or maintenance. In most places, your landlord is responsible for those things. Now that you’re a homeowner, you’re on the hook when something goes wrong.
Plumbing emergencies can be some of the most concerning you will face as a homeowner. Water damage caused by a plumbing emergency can be expensive to fix. When you have a plumbing emergency, one of the first things you should do is hire a local plumber to prevent the problem from getting worse or damaging your home.
Below are some of the most common plumbing emergencies you may face. At some point as a homeowner, you will likely face one or more of these issues.
Your toilet is clogged.
While most toilet clogs can be fixed with a quick use of the plunger, sometimes the problem goes deeper. If your toilet is making weird noises, refusing to flush, or you can’t fix the problem yourself, you may want to call a plumber. If there’s a leak or you miss the source of the problem, it could lead to major damage and health hazards.
Your pipes burst.
Extreme cold weather can be extremely bad for your plumbing. If your pipes freeze on an exceptionally cold day, they could burst during the thaw when the water expands and the pressure becomes too much for the pipes to bear. Burst pipes often need to be completely replaced by a professional.
Your faucet is leaking.
A leaking faucet is annoying, but the problem could be worse than that. A constant drip from your faucet can increase your water bill, not to mention cause rust and encourage mold growth. These can be expensive to replace. Leaking faucets are often the product of simple wear and tear.
You’re not getting any hot water.
This one is a nasty surprise in the morning when you’re halfway through your shower. A water heater malfunction, leak in the plumbing, or an electrical problem are all possible causes.
You have low water pressure due to a broken water line.
A broken water line is a difficult one to fix. Usually it happens outside the house and causes low water pressure. It can also affect water quality and damage your backyard or part of your house, depending on the location of the break.
You have a sewer system back up.
It’s amazing how much damage a clogged pipe can cause. A sewer system back-up can cause a lot of costly damage if you don’t fix it immediately. Often clogs are caused by a combination of grease, hair, soap scum, and toilet paper.
When these plumbing emergencies strike, don’t panic. Plenty of homeowners have faced these issues with the help of their local plumber.