What to Do When Your Basement Becomes a Pool  

by Pool Builders on 04-14-2011 in Articles

There are many plumbing problems that a homeowner can handle by themselves, but there are also emergency situations that require the attention of a licensed plumber. When these situations occur, time is of the essence, and a plumber should be contacted right away. Luckily, most cities and some small towns now have 24 hour commercial plumbers. The five most common plumbing emergencies that require a plumber are:

1. A burst pipe. Did you ever come home or get up in the middle of the night to find a swimming pool in your basement? This is what can happen when a pipe bursts in your plumbing system. It can be in the basement, the kitchen or the bathroom. Turn the water off at the main valve to stop it from running, and call a plumber immediately.

2. A frozen pipe or pipes. When expands when it freezes, and this will often cause pipes to burst. The pipes must be gently thawed to avoid bursting them. Turn off the water, and call a plumber to thaw the pipes before they make a mess in your home.

3. Clogged toilets or drains. When a toilet or the washing machine's discharge drain is overflowing and a snake won't fix the problem, it's time to call in a professional. Overflowing drains and toilets can do a lot of damage to your floor and the structure of your house. They are also a nuisance and an inconvenience.

4. Leaky pipes or appliances. Pipes that continuously leak or an appliance that leaks without an obvious cause (such as a clogged drain) must be handled by a professional. This is especially true for pipes which are leaking heavily and hot water heaters. Do not attempt to repair a leaky hot water heater yourself; doing so usually makes the situation worse. Shut the water off to the pipes or the appliance, and contact your plumber.

5. Gas leaks. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous. Evacuate the building at once if you smell gas coming from your hot water heater or other gas appliance. After evacuating shut off the gas at the main valve if you know how, and immediately contact your local gas company or plumber.

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