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5 Types of Plumbing Emergencies

5 Types of Plumbing Emergencies

At some point, every homeowner encounters a plumbing problem. If you’re lucky, the worst you’ll ever deal with is a minor clog here and there, but some plumbing issues can be much more serious and require expert repair as quickly as possible.

In this blog post, we cover 5 common plumbing emergencies, including what causes them and the reasons you’ll want to get them repaired ASAP:

  1. Sewer System Backups

  2. Gas Leaks

  3. Water Heater Leaks

  4. Water Leaks (from Pipes, Faucets, Toilets, and Washing Machine Hoses)

  5. Damaged Water Lines

Experiencing a plumbing emergency? Call MVP Plumbing, Inc. today at (714) 699-9495 for 24-hour service!

Sewer System Backups

For those reading this who are fortunate enough to have never experienced this phenomenon, a sewer system backup is when sewage literally backs up into your home. Sewage backups occur when your main sewer line gets clogged, and unfortunately, this is a much more common issue than people think.

Common Causes

  • Tree Roots: Invasive tree roots can cause damage to sewer lines by wrapping around them or even growing directly into them.

  • Collapsed Sewer Lines: Sometimes older sewer lines break down underground over time and eventually collapse, making them unable to contain sewage.

  • Clogs: When homeowners are a little less than careful about what goes down their drains, this can cause blockages all the way down in their home’s main sewer line.

Why a Repair Is Urgent

Not only can a sewer system backup result in a massive mess and a terrible smell--it can also quickly become a sanitation issue. If sewage has backed up across the floor of your home, you will need a plumber to repair your sewer line, and you will need professional sewage cleanup services ASAP to eliminate the bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that could contaminate your living space.

Gas Leaks

When people hear “plumbing,” they think of pipes and toilets, but gas leaks live in the realm of common plumbing emergencies as well. Gas leaks usually occur when a gas line is damaged and starts to leak natural gas. This issue can be quite dangerous.

Common Causes

  • Tree Roots: Tree roots can cause piping to because disconnected.

  • Damaged Piping: As pipes age, they can corrode and become faulty.

  • Corroded Appliance Seals: Appliances that use gas to create heat have a seal that connects them to the piping. However, this seal can corrode and wear out.

  • Earthquakes: Sometimes earthquakes can loosen or dislodge piping.

Why a Repair Is Urgent

A buildup of natural gas can be quite dangerous. If natural gas is allowed to gather, it has the potential to explode. Also, if natural gas does not burn up, it changes the oxygen levels in your air supply, which can lead to breathing problems, dizziness, unconsciousness, and other alarming symptoms. If exposure to natural gas is high enough, the result can even be fatal.

Water Heater Leaks

You’ll suspect that there’s a problem with your water heater as soon as you realize that you can’t get any hot water. When you see a puddle of water around the base of your water heater, your suspicions will be confirmed.

Common Causes

  • Aging Tank: Gas water heaters last around 10 years, while tankless water heaters last around 20 years. At some point, though, they eventually wear out and start to rust and corrode, which can lead to leaks.

  • Loose Drain Valve: If the drain valve becomes loose, it will start to leak water.

  • Excessive Pressure: When too much pressure builds up inside the water heater tank, sometimes water is forced out as a leak to relieve the pressure.

Why a Repair Is Urgent

As with any water leak, you want to avoid any water that might spread and cause damage to your home. Even if the leak starts out small, if it gets worse it has the potential to flood the surrounding area.

Water Leaks

Water leaks can occur in pipes as well as a number of plumbing fixtures, including faucets, toilets, and washing machine hoses. You might notice water dripping from the base of your toilet where it meets the floor or even through the drywall of your ceiling! The worst leaks are ones in the walls that can go undetected for quite some time until visible damage starts to occur.

Common Causes

  • Rusted Pipes: When old pipes get rusty or corrode, it undercuts their ability to remain water-tight and can even cause them to crack.

  • Cracked Toilet: Sometimes hairline cracks can form on a toilet bowl and widen over time, leading to leaks.

  • Worn-out Parts: For a toilet, this might be a worn-out seal between the toilet and the floor or perhaps some loosened connectors between the tank and bowl. For a washing machine, the problem is often a worn-out hose.

  • Clogs: If pipes become clogged, water will build up inside of them and look for places to escape, such as the pipe threads. Intense water pressure can even cause some pipes to burst.

Why a Repair Is Urgent

Leaks can cause extensive water damage if left alone. Not only can water damage be expensive to repair--it can also create unsanitary living conditions if it results in mold growth. Considering that mold only takes 24 to 48 hours to germinate, it’s safe to say that water damage should be taken very seriously.

Damaged Water Lines

Water gets delivered to your house through your main water line. However, if you’re noticing puddles in your yard when there shouldn’t be any, discolored water coming out of your faucets, or inexplicably weak water pressure, your water line might be leaking.

Common Causes

  • Old Age: Eventually water lines wear down underground, no matter their material.

  • Pest Damage: Burrowing pests such as gophers can sometimes cause leaks when rooting around under the surface or even above ground.

  • Shifting Soil: The soil below ground can change or increase in pressure over time. Roots can also change the nature of the soil in a pipe’s immediate surroundings.

Why a Repair Is Urgent

A leaking water line can cause extensive flooding across your yard and around your home’s foundation, which can lead to water damage and mold growth. In addition, a leaking water line can weaken nearby streets and walkways.

In Need of Same-Day Plumbing Service?

MVP Plumbing has over 20 years of experience, and its professionals offer a variety of emergency plumbing services, including gas repairs, trenchless sewer replacement, and water heater repairs. We pride ourselves on always being on time, with clean, professional plumbers who promise to treat each home as if it were their own.

Call MVP Plumbing today at (714) 699-9495 or contact us online to schedule an emergency plumbing service in Orange!


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