Posted on 3/22/2012

Most of the plumbing problems that the homeowner faces are minor and routine, such as a simple clogged drain or a leaky faucet. But every once in a while, a plumbing emergency can strike, and when it does, it’s important that homeowners know what to do. Here are three common types of plumbing emergencies and how they should be dealt with:

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Burst Water Pipes

Water pipes burst when they freeze in cold temperatures. A burst water pipe can cause major—and often permanent—water damage within your home. If a water pipe bursts in your home, locate and shutoff the main water valve immediately to stop the water flowing out of the broken pipe. The main water valve can usually be found by your water meter. Call a professional plumbing service immediately for help repairing the broken pipe.

Problems with the Sewer Line

A backed-up sewer line can result from an object clogging the line, tree root damage to the pipe, or other clogs along the way. What may at first appear to be simply a backed-up toilet may turn out to be a more serious problem. If you think that your sewer line may be blocked, then you should shut off the water supply to your home and call a plumber right away.

Gas Leaks

Although some homeowners may not realize it, problems with gas lines are often handled by plumbers. If you suspect a gas leak, take action right away, as it can potentially be a very dangerous situation. It’s important for homeowners to know the location of their home’s gas shutoff valve, and if gas is leaking, that valve should be turned off and the house evacuated. Always call for help when you suspect a gas leak.

Arrow Plumbing Inc. can help you with a range of residential and commercial plumbing issues, from frozen pipes to drain and sewer problems to gas lines. Call us today at (847) 549-9600 or visit us online for more information about our plumbing services in Libertyville.