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What Counts as a Plumbing Emergency?

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Are you experiencing a plumbing emergency? Learn how to spot when a problem needs immediate attention.

A true plumbing emergency is rare, but leaky sinks or clogged drains can feel like a huge problem since water can quickly damage your home. So, before you panic, here are a few tips on determining if your problem can wait or if it needs immediate assistance. 

Water Flow Volume

While leaky sinks and pipes can cause damage to your home, there’s a vast difference between a tiny leak that’s dripping and a considerable leak that quickly fills buckets of water. A large volume of leaking water is generally considered a plumbing emergency. 

Can You Stop the Water?

Most of the time, if  you have leaking fixtures or an overflowing toilet, you can turn off the fixture’s water supply to prevent any further damage or spillover. If you’re not able to turn off the local water supply, locate and turn off your main water supply. Once you contain the flow, you should contact a plumber. 

Did Your Pipe Burst? 

A burst pipe can happen if pipes freeze during the winter and thaw out in the spring. This can displace hundreds of gallons of water quickly, so you should immediately turn off the water main. Once the water supply to your home has been shut off, call the emergency line directly to get a plumber out to your house.

Other Indicators of a Plumbing Emergency

Can You Smell Gas from Your Water Heater? 

If your water relief valve breaks or there is a pressure buildup in your water heater, you’ll start to smell gas coming from it. Eventually, this can cause your water heater to explode, so if you’re smelling gas, call a professional as soon as possible. 

Are Multiple Fixtures In Your Home Clogged? 

If you notice that all of the homes’ drains and toilets are backed up, this is a massive plumbing emergency. This indicates a blockage in your main sewer line, which will force wastewater and raw sewage back into your home. You shouldn’t wait to call your plumber’s emergency line for this. 

Plumbing Emergency Repairs in College Park from Master Plumbing

Whether your sewage line needs a complete replacement, patches, or a localized fix, you can rely on the team at Master Plumbing for an accurate diagnosis, a fair price, and full details on our recommended course of action. Give Master Plumbing a call at (301) 650-9100 or contact us online to get more information about how our expert plumbers can help you in College Park with your sewer line replacement, emergency repairs, and ongoing plumbing repair needs. We have received Angie’s List Super Service Award recognition for plumbing and drain cleaning every year since 2007, in addition to the Best Plumber award from Best of Bethesda! We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and our service is unparalleled.

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