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Plumbing  /  November 8, 2022

3 Urgent Plumbing Problems That Arise Most Frequently

most common plumbing emergencies

Plumbing problems can be inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. In all circumstances, they can be costly, especially if you try to fix them yourself and make matters worse. Plumbing contractors in Kitchener can resolve the following urgent plumbing problems for you promptly and affordably. If you act quickly enough, they may not rise to the level of a true emergency.

1. No Hot Water

At first, having no hot water may seem like more of an inconvenience. However, hot water helps to kill germs when you wash dishes or do laundry, meaning that you could be at risk of getting sick if you don’t have any hot water. You could boil water on the stove or in a kettle as needed, but that is cumbersome and time-consuming, and you probably wouldn’t be able to heat water in sufficient quantities to wash your dishes or do your laundry, so the health threat persists. Bathing or washing your hands in cold water may be less effective at killing germs and is also decidedly uncomfortable.

If there is no hot water anywhere in the house, there is probably a problem with your water heater. The problem could go from bad to worse very quickly, so you should call a plumber as soon as you have determined that there is no hot water in the house at all.

2. Clogged Fixtures

Clogged fixtures prevent wastewater from going down the drain like it is supposed to. This could create an environment for germs to grow. Standing water can also foster mold growth, which can have health implications, especially for those that have allergies or sensitivities. It depends on the type of fungal growth, however. For example, black mould has negative health implications for everyone. A clogged fixture is more likely to overflow, meaning that the water could seep into a hidden crevice where mould could grow undisturbed until it becomes prolific enough to be detected.

Is a single clogged fixture an emergency? It depends somewhat on the fixture, but in most cases, no. However, if all the fixtures in your home are all clogged at the same time, it is an emergency. This nightmare scenario occurs when something clogs the main line that takes wastewater away from your home. Since this line is probably buried somewhere in your yard, it requires professional attention.

3. Leaks

A single leaking faucet is not an emergency per se, but it does waste water unnecessarily and causes your utility bills to go up. You have to pay for every drop of water that comes out of your faucet even if you didn’t use it.

A leaking pipe is a more serious matter. The pipes in your home are probably tucked away inside cabinets and behind walls, meaning that a leak could develop without you knowing it. Left unrepaired, the leak could promote mold and bacterial growth, attract pests, or cause property damage, all while increasing your utility bills unnecessarily. Worse, the leak could get worse over time, eventually causing the pipe to fail completely, and then you have a real emergency on your hands. The resulting flooding could cause thousands of dollars in property damage. The only way to stop it is to turn off the main water supply to the house until help arrives, meaning that you have no water available at all.

Call Plumbing Contractors in Kitchener To Fix Plumbing Problems

Our experienced technicians can definitely help you with an urgent plumbing problem. We can also repair relatively minor problems to prevent them from escalating to a true emergency. Handyman Connection performs all plumbing services, large and small, including installations as well as repairs. Contact us for an estimate.

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