We often get phone calls at John the Plumber Ottawa from people in a panic because they are having major plumbing issues. Sometimes water is pouring out of the ceiling, other times a toilet flooding. Basements are another panic phone call, and rightly so. Water can quickly cause severe damage in your home. A phone call to a local plumbing company in Ottawa is the right thing to do. Here at John the plumber we are going to outline a few problems that’s really cannot wait.
Your Main Drain
First things first, if your main drain floor drain in your basement has any water or sewage backing up, this is something that is an emergency. This means that there is a breach or a major block in the main waste pipe leading away from your house. This is one of those things that only gets worse and needs a plumber right away. Having water back up into your basement is bad enough. Having sewer water backup in your basement is a whole other story altogether. Apart from damaging and ruining walls and carpet, it is a major health hazard and needs to be assessed right away.
Hot Water Tank Leak
A leak at your hot water tank is also something that shouldn’t never wait. Hot water tanks are powered by electricity and/or gas and this and water is not a good combination. A hot water tank leak can also mean numerous other problems with your hot water tank and it definitely should be assessed by a local plumber in Ottawa right away. Any leaking pipe actually should be assessed right away. Water leaking steadily into an enclosed area can cause major damage very quickly.
Check Your Sump Pump
Having a sump pump that is not running properly is also a major red flag, especially in the springtime when there is huge water runoff coming. You should always check your sump pump to make sure that it is working properly is ready and up to the challenge of the winter thaw here in the Ottawa.
Another big one is a blocked or overflowing toilet. Though this one is okay to wait a day or so and not a dire emergency, you really should not let this one last a long time. If you’ve tried everything and you can’t unblock your toilet, you need to get a qualified plumber in there to help you out. Generally the contents that are inside the toilet and in the water are not very sanitary and they do need to be removed. Don’t wait on this one by just closing the lid and turning the water off and hoping it’s all going to go away.
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