Plumbing Emergencies

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Plumbing Emergencies

Almost every home will have a plumbing emergency at one point or another. Learning how to handle a plumbing emergency will give you control to protect your home and find the right people to call for help. Mike’s Plumbing is one of your best defenses against home damage, and we can manage just about any situation that happens.

Knowing what to do in a plumbing emergency requires you to know what an emergency looks like. The best rule of thumb is to call a plumber when you find water damage with an undefined source or when you come across a plumbing problem that you aren’t 100% sure of how to handle. Here are some examples of plumbing emergencies:

Extremely Hot Water

Everyone loves a nice, warm shower, but no one wants a burn. If the water coming out of your showerhead or the sink is steaming or hot enough to cause a burn, you’ve got a water heater issue.

Faucet Drips

Leaking faucets are often annoying, but they typically aren’t an emergency right away. One thing that can quickly turn a drip into a full-blown leak is to use a wrench on its shut-off valve.

Frozen Pipes

Every winter, plumbers are called to countless homes in every climate to deal with cold-weather damage. Here in the Greater Syracuse area, we’re dealing with frozen pipes more often than not.

Leaking Pipes

Unfortunately, there is very little you can do when you have a leaking pipe. Immediately turn off the main shut-off valve for your home and call us.

Leaking Water Heater

Leaks from a water heater can lead to major floor and wall damage, especially when they quickly fill your drip pan. Check this basin to confirm the problem is coming from your water heater. If it’s empty you may just have a problem with the drain in that room, but it’s still best to call a plumber.

Plugs and Clogs

Drains get a lot of use every day and face many daunting tasks. Common use also makes them a common place where clogs occur. If you have a drain that empties very slowly or not at all, it’s probably time to call a plumber.

Toilet Troubles

Unfortunately, toilet issues are extremely common. The plunger is the best tool for tackling a clog on your own. If plunging doesn’t work, it’s time to call a plumber so that we can come in and remove the clog while preventing waste water from harming your home.

Always shut off the water using the valve at the base or behind your toilet before doing any work on it.


Waste Smells

If the water in your home smells like sewage when you turn on a faucet or the smell is coming from a leak, immediately call a plumber. A foul smell is usually a sign that you’re experiencing a major problem with your septic system, sump pump or other plumbing. Trying to fix this yourself can be very hazardous to your health by exposing you to harmful bacteria and other elements.

Whirring Disposals

Many garbage disposals will try to shut off in the event of a blockage or emergency. This can be a great feature that prevents harm to your home. When your disposal stops running but you still hear its mechanical hum when flipping its switch, reset the unit. You can easily reset your disposal by pressing the large button – usually red and located at the base of your disposal – until it pops out.

Any Gas Leak

Plumbers aren’t the first people you think of when you have a gas leak, but a residential plumber service can be your safest bet during any gas or plumbing emergency.

When you smell the rotten-egg odor added to gas, quickly turn off any gas valve if possible and then leave your home. Plumbers work with gas lines all the time. We know exactly how to safely enter your home, turn off the main valve, and begin looking for a leak. If you have any gas-related emergency in the Greater Syracuse area, call Mr. Rooter as soon as you can to ensure your family’s safety.