What Is Considered A Plumbing Emergency?

Written on: March 25, 2024

Anyzek is Gloucester County’s first call for 24/7 help with plumbing emergencies

plumbing service Gloucester County, NJ We can all see the difference between a slow-dripping faucet and a flood — but do you really know when it’s OK to wait to contact a plumber versus a situation that requires an immediate call? With nearly a century of experience, we’re here to help you understand how to recognize a plumbing emergency.

Types of plumbing emergencies

Frozen or burst pipes. It’s so important to make sure there’s sufficient heat in your home and insulation on your pipes to prevent ice buildup that can cause them to expand, burst and cause damage. Unfortunately, too many people forget to program their thermostat when they go away in cold weather. Or they neglect to shut off their garden hose before the winter and drain the pipe that leads to it. Either way, a burst pipe is definitely a plumbing emergency that requires a call for immediate service to mitigate the damage.

Hot water heater issues. While traditional hot water heater tanks can last about 10 to 15 years, they will eventually need replacing. If yours stops working, you’ll not only lose hot water for showers, dishwashing and laundry — you’ll run the risk of your tank leaking or even bursting.

If water is pooling near the base of the tank, rusty water is in your sink or your tap water has a metallic smell or taste, these are signs your tank is failing. Whether the tank’s heating element is broken or you need a full tank replacement, this is something that represents an emergency call to avoid flooding and resulting damage. Our plumbers can quickly assess the situation and then repair or replace your tank to restore your hot water.

Sewage backups. If you notice a foul odor coming from your water fixtures, drains or appliances, you might be experiencing the dreaded sewage backup from your sewer or septic system. Caused by sewer pipes getting cracked or obstructed, this can result in sewage backing up into your home — something that’s equally distasteful and detrimental to your family’s health and well-being. Calling us as soon as you’re aware of the problem is crucial so that we can identify the root cause, fix the problem and help identify how to clean and restore any damaged spaces.

Standing water anywhere in your home. While you might think a leaky area or small amount of pooled water is no big deal, it can actually be a sign of a huge problem waiting to happen. It could also result in mold growth or property damage — and if the area is anywhere near your electrical box or electrical appliances, it presents a serious safety issue. Contacting us right away gives you peace of mind knowing that we can identify the source of the leak and fix it so that you and your family stay safe.

How to prevent plumbing emergencies

Whether you have a potential emergency or just need a plumbing fix done quickly, our team of licensed, certified plumbers are committed to doing the job right the first time. And the best way to avoid a plumbing nightmare in the first place is to commit to frequent maintenance and regular inspections.

Our inspectors can catch existing or potential problems before they get worse so that you avoid burst pipes or a hot water heater tank failure. And repairing those problems often results in increased water efficiency and a lower water bill!

We can inspect all sorts of plumbing in your home — everything from your hot water heater and fixtures to pressure relief valves, p-traps, flappers, jetters, fill valves, water meters, angle stops, supply lines and more. We can also handle inspections for corrosion, check things after you’ve had an emergency shutoff, and conduct hard water and sewer flow testing.

Other Anyzek plumbing services you can count on

In addition to answering the call for emergency plumbing services and providing free estimates for work you’d like done, we can take care of:

Put Anyzek on speed dial for all of your plumbing needs

For expert plumbing services, homeowners throughout Gloucester County and surrounding towns have counted on our fourth-generation family business since 1932. To see for yourself, just get in touch today!