Not all clogs necessarily require a professional plumber, but plumbing emergencies usually do. Your Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expert in Charlotte, NC advises you to have a professional assess your plumbing emergency. We especially urge you to call us if you notice cracks or leaks that could endanger your health and safety and run up your water bill. Here are some top reasons to never wait in case of plumbing emergencies.
One of the most important reasons to fix your water pipes is to prevent illnesses and diseases. If you have leaking pipes, it increases mold, mildew, and bacteria growth. Fungi also grows in moist conditions. You could end up breathing certain substances into the air, and it could cause flu, pneumonia, and a host of other illnesses. If you have a healthy immune system, it might not affect you as much. However, those in a less-than-ideal health status could become even more sick after exposure.
You not only could possibly breathe in pathogens because of plumbing cracks or leaks, but these issues can also let bacteria into your drinking water that came through your infected pipes. Therefore, you will want to tend to any damage by having pipes repaired or replaced and take care of clogging drains as soon as possible.
Oftentimes, hardened soap, hair strands, or sticky food clog your drain. This situation usually worsens until the debris obstructs your pipeline, which hinders water drainage. In the kitchen, clogs also result from dumping too much grease down the drain that later hardens. Bathroom clogging often occurs if you flush too much tissue paper down the toilet.
Toilet clogs also result from dropping too many non-flushable items, such as used sanitary supplies or disposable towels, down the drain. However, you might have other reasons for plumbing blockages. Additional clogging causes include both drain problems and pipe damage. Sometimes dirt, leaves, branches, or litter might make its way from outside into your pipes, for instance. In addition, tree roots sometimes cause pipe clogging and breakage.
Pipes can burst when temperatures drop to below freezing, but they can also burst if you neglect to repair dripping faucets, cracks, and leaks. The progression of waterline damages often occurs gradually. Because you maybe didn’t realize how damaged your pipes are, they can without warning spray water all over your home and cause damage.
Ben Franklin Plumber in Charlotte, NC urges you to pay attention to signs you might have a plumbing emergency. We recommend that you contact us immediately if you notice these symptoms before you experience pipe bursts:
Unless you received training on how to fix your own pipes, we recommend you call a professional plumber. The reason why is that do-it-yourself fixes done incorrectly typically do not hold for very long if you have not much experience fixing your own water lines, faucets, and valves. It might work temporarily until you can call a professional. However, we recommend you have the problem taken care of right to avoid additional costly damage.
Another issue that neglecting to call a plumber could cause is poor air quality and possible health and structure damage from sewage backup. This especially could produce hazardous, unpleasant odors that could make you sick. This contaminated water could also destroy even more surfaces, appliances, and fixtures that any other type of water damage caused by faulty plumbing.
The longer you wait to have problems fixed, the worse effect it will have on your health. What is more, the costs will keep rising not only for energy consumption but also for repair.
Always place strainers over your drain holes in your sinks and tubs. You also want to make sure you do not dump whole saucepans full of grease – especially butter or other saturated fat – down the toilet. You also could install a garbage disposal to compost food substances.
In addition, have your plumbing and water heater tested, cleaned, and maintained at least once every season. Do not flush any items down the toilet either, especially if the item package says “do not flush.” You also will want to insulate your pipes to further preserve them against wear and tear or rusting if you have metal plumbing.
Your Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expert in Charlotte, NC handles all kinds of plumbing emergencies. In addition, you can also contact us if you want us to inspect your water pipes, heater, and fixtures. We also can help you with any plumbing or equipment or material recommendations you need.