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Emergency Plumbing

Plumbing emergencies can arise any time of the day or night and can cause some serious damage to your property. Water damage can affect foundations, woodwork, electrical systems and furniture. Sewage backups can cause health issues and extra stress for your family. Drain Clear knows that plumbing emergencies need to be dealt with when they happen, not the next day. Our expert local plumbers specialize in identifying sources of leaks quickly and fixing them professionally. When your plumbing needs attention now, our 24/7 availability will guarantee you have a plumber on your doorstep as soon as possible.

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Common Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can take many shapes and forms, but there are some that appear more often than others. Here are some of the most common emergency plumbing situations.

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Burst pipes

A burst pipe is one of the most potentially costly plumbing emergencies that can happen. A single burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage in minutes as the water flows unchecked out of the cracked casing. Burst pipes will continue to leak until the main water line is shut off to a property and the pipe is patched or replaced. This can be a highly stressful situation when every second counts.

Pipes can burst for many reasons, but typically occur when a pipe freezes, the ground settles or the pipe is simply too old. Signs that you have a burst pipe include little to no water coming out of a faucet, dripping noises, excess water, and sagging or stained sections of walls or ceilings.

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Backed up sewer lines

Backed up sewer lines can cause a myriad of problems in your home very quickly. All sinks, drains and toilets funnel into the sewer line, and if it is backed up, your plumbing system can come to a standstill. Typical causes of a backed up sewer line are clogs, invasive tree roots, and displaced earth.

Signs that your sewer line may be backing up is reemerging foul coloured water in toilets and baths, very green grass near your sewer line in your backyard, and poorly flushing toilets throughout your home. A backed up sewer line can be a serious health hazard for your family as it can increase likelihood of exposure to harmful bacteria.

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Broken sump pumps

Sump pumps can be at risk of being overworked during heavy storms, particularly in Southern Ontario. If your sump pump fails during a downpour or spring melt, the water damage bill can be extreme. Sump pumps can break due to clogged sump pits, jammed impellers, or blocked exhaust pipes.

The main that your sump pump needs attention are excess water and flooding in your basement or crawl space. If left untreated, the flooding could get worse and begin to affect your foundations and possessions.

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Failing sewer pump

Another potential plumbing emergency is a broken sewer pump. Sewer pumps allow any toilet or laundry sink that is below the grade line of a property to fight gravity and move waste water into the main sewer line. When this pump falters, any drain or toilet being serviced by it will stop working and you could see sewage and wastewater reemerging in your fixtures.

Some reasons your sewer pump might stop working include clogged pipes and impellers, broken trigger mechanism, or leaking discharge line. Some of these can be fixed by yourself, but anything to do with sewage can be an unpleasant and messy affair.

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Backed up sewer lines

Backed up sewer lines can cause a myriad of problems in your home very quickly. All sinks, drains and toilets funnel into the sewer line, and if it is backed up, your plumbing system can come to a standstill. Typical causes of a backed up sewer line are clogs, invasive tree roots, and displaced earth.

Signs that your sewer line may be backing up is reemerging foul coloured water in toilets and baths, very green grass near your sewer line in your backyard, and poorly flushing toilets throughout your home. A backed up sewer line can be a serious health hazard for your family as it can increase likelihood of exposure to harmful bacteria.

Failing sewer pump

Another potential plumbing emergency is a broken sewer pump. Sewer pumps allow any toilet or laundry sink that is below the grade line of a property to fight gravity and move waste water into the main sewer line. When this pump falters, any drain or toilet being serviced by it will stop working and you could see sewage and wastewater reemerging in your fixtures.

Some reasons your sewer pump might stop working include clogged pipes and impellers, broken trigger mechanism, or leaking discharge line. Some of these can be fixed by yourself, but anything to do with sewage can be an unpleasant and messy affair.

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Can I Fix A Plumbing Emergency Myself?

There are several steps that can be taken in the event of a plumbing emergency. If you notice any excessive water or leaking suggesting you could have a burst pipe, try to shut off the main water line as soon as possible to limit the water damage. If the pipe is readily accessible, you can attempt to patch or replace it, but if it is hidden behind a wall or underground, you’ll need to take a more aggressive approach.

Sump pumps and sewer pumps can be inspected relatively easily to see if there is a simple solution to whatever is causing the problem. Check to see if the sump pit is clear or whether there is anything jammed in the impeller of the sump pump. Sewer pumps can be a little more difficult to investigate due to their positioning and exposure to raw sewage, but a cursory check can often reveal any blockages or broken trigger mechanisms.

Whilst it is easy to suggest these actions in writing, during an actual plumbing emergency it is difficult to keep a level head and often they can arise during the middle of the night when you least expect it.

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Available 24/7

At Drain Clear, we make it a point to always be available when a plumbing emergency strikes. A quick call to our dedicated team will ensure an expect plumber is on their way to your home as soon as possible to assist with any plumbing issues you might have. When it comes to plumbing emergencies, minutes can make the difference between a manageable repair and a costly disaster. Make sure you don’t delay in contacting an experienced plumber immediately and be proactive to limit the impact of a burst pipe or backed up sewer line.

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Protect Your Home
& Family

Plumbing emergencies can impact not only your property and home but also your family. Any issues relating to your sewer line can expose them to harmful bacteria and chemicals, and burst pipes can make every day activities like washing dishes or having a shower a stressful experience. Drain Clear makes customer satisfaction our number one priority when it comes to assisting with plumbing emergencies. We treat your home as if it was our own with our “Shoes Off, Floor Covered” policy to guard against any extra mess. With over 25 years of experience serving the local community, we specialize in solving your plumbing problems quickly and professionally. Once we have fixed the issue, we will explain everything that needs to be done to prevent it from occurring again and help you develop a comprehensive plumbing care plan.

Don’t put your home and family in the hands of an inexperienced plumber. Contact Drain Clear today to see why we’re the most trusted plumber in Southern Ontario.

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