The Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

We’ve all been there: enjoying a Sunday brunch only to suddenly hear a rush of water from an unexpected place: your pipes. Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing emergency.  If you’re quickly pulling up Google to search for who has emergency plumbing near Highland Park, our team at BMW Plumbing, Inc. is only a phone call away. Here are some of the most common plumbing emergencies and how to address them to prevent the issue from escalating.

Leaking Pipes

How to approach a leaking pipe depends on its location. If the leak has sprung from the joint, try tightening it with a wrench, but make sure to proceed with caution to avoid further damage. Once you have pinpointed the leak, you can try to fix it by using a rubber patch or waterproof tape.

Burst Pipes

This is one of the most damaging emergencies that your plumbing system can encounter, so make sure to take action quickly to minimize damage to your home. In fact, a burst pipe can release up to 100 gallons of water in only an 8-hour period. This can easily result in thousands of dollars of damage! It’s important to note that many times, burst pipes are the result of years of corrosion. In the case that a pipe has burst, immediately turn off the water supply and call our team who offers emergency plumbing near Highland Park.

An Overflowing Toilet

Both clogged and malfunctioning toilets need immediate action: turn off the water flow to reduce damage. Locate the water valve at the bottom of the waterline, this should be located on the side of the toilet. Turn this valve counterclockwise until you can no longer turn to stop the water flow. The severity of the clog or malfunction will determine the solution.

No Hot Water

Easily accessible hot water is something that’s easy to take for granted. In the case that your water simply won’t heat up, this is the result of a water heater malfunction, a plumbing leak, or an electrical issue. Because hot water is something that you use on a daily basis, it’s best to bypass DIY solutions and turn to our professionals for a solution that will fix the problem the first time.

Even during COVID-19 we are up and running as usual! Rest assured that our team is taking every precaution possible to safely and effectively provide our normal services. In the case that you have a plumbing emergency, know that our experts are only a phone call away.

About the Author

I’m Andy Visconi, the Operations Manager at BMW Plumbing since 1999.  When I’m not talking to our many Customers about their plumbing needs, scheduling one of our expert plumbers to a home or business or responding to plumbing emergencies, I can be found spending time with my wife Megan and two children.

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