What Qualifies As a Residential Plumbing Emergency?

If you have a plumbing problem and are unsure whether it is an emergency, it is best to treat it as one and have your plumbing inspected by a professional. It is better to be careful in order to avoid a major, more expensive plumbing disaster.

However, there is more to identifying your residential emergency plumbing needs. Plumbing emergencies can sometimes be masked behind seemingly minor concerns—things that do not seem to be big deals, something that you think you can deal with later. These are the truly dangerous emergency plumbing problems because you are far less likely to treat them as such and call Option One for emergency plumbing repairs to get the problem fixed before it becomes a serious issue.

In this blog, we have outlined three plumbing issues that, while they seem minor, warrant a call to our plumbers right away.

1. Water Stains on the Ceiling

You are probably already aware that discolored stains on the ceiling indicate leakage problems. If you find these spots appearing on the ceilings of rooms in your two-story house, it may seem like a problem you can address at a later date.

However, these leaks are a serious problem—they are most likely caused by problems with your bathroom plumbing (or the room directly above the stains) and indicate that water damage has already happened and spread. This not only wastes water, but it also damages the building material and may cause it to collapse! 

The sooner this problem is solved, the less extensive and expensive the plumbing repairs will be.

2. Multiple Slow Drains 

A slow drain is inconvenient, but homeowners often neglect it or simply live with it rather than calling a plumber.

A slow drain is not typically an emergency, but we recommend acting on it as soon as possible rather than waiting for it to worsen. However, if multiple drains are slow, something may be problematic deeper in the drainage system—it could also be a sewer line problem.

Sewer line problems should always be treated as emergencies because they can result in no drainage or sewage backing up into your home.

3. Discolored Hot Water

The water from a faucet that has not been turned on in weeks can look slightly red, but it will clear up within a few seconds. If you notice this discoloration coming from a hot water faucet and it does not go away, the water heater is likely rusted and on the cusp of a complete breakdown.

At this point, the water heater will most likely need to be replaced, and you will need our plumbers to arrive quickly before your hot water runs out. 

The team of experienced and skilled plumbers at Option One is always available to help you with any plumbing emergency you are struggling with. We are dedicated to bringing homeowners in California, Arizona, Colorado,  North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wyoming quality and affordable plumbing solutions. Call us at 1-800-905-7115 or write to us at wo@optiononeplumbing.com to request a quote today!