How To Determine If You Have A Plumbing Emergency


Despite all the maintenance we’ve done to our homes, it doesn’t always prevent plumbing emergencies from happening. Many of us know how to fix minor problems such as a clogged toilet or changing the air filter on our HVAC (if we’re handy enough). But bigger problems such as a flooding toilet is usually out of our reach and would call for an emergency plumber.

Types of emergencies vary from age of the building and location you’re in. If you live in an area with frequent earthquakes then you may experience bursts pipes more often. Similarly, if you live in an older building, chances are you have some materials that are susceptible to rust which causes damage to your property down the road.

What’s considered a plumbing emergency?

In a situation where it’s not clear whether or not you have a problem, it’s always safe to air on the side of caution. In any case, here are some criteria to determine if it’s an emergency.

The problem can’t wait any longer

If things get worse by each second, it’s safe to say you have an emergency. For example, your toilet cracked and is overflowing causing a flood in the bathroom. In this situation, if you don’t replace your toilet right away, water damage will occur, a much bigger problem. In this case, it’s best to call a plumber. Having a plumbing company in mind (recommended) in case of emergencies such as these can save you a lot of money down the road. Emergencies are unpredictable. While we can’t always prevent issues from happening, we can always be prepared by knowing who to call when they occur.



Does the problem pose any type of risk (i.e harm to you or others, property damage, environmental damage)? If so then consider it an emergency. A real-life example would be burst pipes. You don’t see the pipes because they’re usually behind walls. These can be tricky because you don’t know right away when the burst occurs. Which can lead to water damage and mold infestation. That’s why it’s critical to try to fix the issue before it becomes a real disaster. To identify burst pipes check for leaking water, discoloration, watermarks, or odors. To fix, the plumber usually has to tear apart the wall to locate the problem.

All-in-all, an emergency is what you determine it is. If you think you have a serious problem, don’t hesitate to call an emergency plumber. There is a chance that the problem wasn’t as bad as you thought, but if it was, you’ll be thankful you did when you realized you just dodged thousands of dollars in repairs.