John The Plumber Oakville is a business that receives panicked phone calls on a regular basis; water literally pouring out of ceilings, toilets and basements flooding – it happens allll the time. First thing we can tell you is that calling a local plumbing company at a 911 pace is the best thing you can do. Water can cause severe damage in a short amount of time, not to mention the possibility of health risks it can pose such as contaminated water and mold. To aid you in determining how serious your issue may be, we’ve outlined four issues you may encounter that qualifies as a plumbing emergency:
1. Your Main Drain
If your main floor drain in your basement has any water or sewage backing up, it 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 quickly, the last thing you need is fresh or sewer water backing up in your basement. Waiting will only invite damage and possibly contamination into your home; this needs to assessed and fixed immediately.
2. Overflowing Toilet
Sorry everyone, closing the lid and turning the water off is NOT going to make it all go away! Though this situation is not a dire emergency, you really should not let this one go for very long at all. The contents that are inside the toilet and in the water are not sanitary and they do need to be removed. If you’ve tried everything and you can’t unblock your toilet, give us a call and we’ll come help remove whatever is causing the block.
3. Leaky Hot Water Tank
A hot water tank leak can mean numerous issues within your hot water tank. Beyond the tank itself, water leaking steadily into an enclosed area can cause major damage very quickly, and as hot water tanks are powered by electricity and/or gas, throwing water into the mix can present a dangerous combination. Make the call!
4. Check Your Sump Pump
Monitoring your sump pump all year long to be sure it is working properly is a good practice. The winter thaw can be a challenge for many homes here in Oakville; anyone who has a pump that isn’t running properly should view this as a red flag, especially in the springtime when there is huge water runoff coming. It takes two minutes to check every so often- You’ll be glad that you did!
TIP: The four issues listed are bigger ones, but any leaky pipe should be assessed so the issue doesn’t grow into a more serious problem.