When there is rushing water coming out of your plumbing, you will do anything to stop it. However, even when you get the water shut off, the damage has been done. Like many potential emergencies in your home, anticipating household plumbing problems can not only save you from water damage, but will also save you money.
One of the most common issues a homeowner has with their plumbing is a leaky faucet. One drip every couple of seconds may not seem like a lot, but those drops add up quickly. Worse yet is when you have a leak in a pipe; worse still is when that leak goes undetected. The presence of this water can lead to rusty pipes, or even mold growth.
Small drips from a pipe are one thing, but a pipe burst is a much larger problem. Too much pressure built up in a pipe can cause a burst, as can when the water inside freezes and expands. If you are lucky, you can hear the pipe “pop,” and turn off the water before it gets unmanageable.
Water doesn’t always fall from above, but it can also rise from below. An overflowing toilet can be an extremely unsettling sight, as the slow and steady ascent can feel ominous. If it is a clog that causes the backup, then a plunger could dislodge the cause.
Another bad backup can happen when your sewer line backs up. A clog in the sewer line means all of that wastewater has nowhere else to go, and it will reappear coming back up through the drains.
The last possible emergency to be aware of is when the water has nowhere to go. A clogged sink drain prevents proper flow of water, but fortunately can be cleared with a plunger or drain snake. It is not recommended to use a chemical cleaner to clear these clogs, and if the problem is more than you can handle, call a professional.
A plumbing emergency can certainly catch you off guard, but it shouldn’t cause a panic. Knowing the most common plumbing problems can make it easier to address them, saving your house from awful water damage. For more information on identifying problems with your home’s plumbing, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.